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RSPCA rescues 1p-sized baby mouse after cat captures its mother

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A baby mouse the size of a 1p coin has been rescued by the RSPCA.

The newborn mouse, who has now been named Penny, was taken in after her mother was captured by a cat in Newcastle.

The cat’s owner found the baby mouse at home in Brendale Avenue and got in touch with the animal rescue charity.

The baby mouse was the size of a one pence coin when it was rescued by the RSPCA.
Image: Penny was the size of a one pence piece when rescued by the RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Terri-Ann Fannan then took the mouse to Pawz For Thought rescue centre in Sunderland.

Penny has now been introduced to a surrogate mother mouse.

Trish Storey, a volunteer who cares for mice at Pawz For Thought, said: “There is always a fear that due to the smaller size of Penny the new mother may have rejected her – but in this case she happily took on her parental responsibilities and it was lovely to see.

“She really is our little miracle.”

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Before being introduced to the surrogate, Penny was kept in an incubator and fed by a member of staff through the night with goats milk on a tiny make-up brush.

Penny is now around 10 days old, and will be available for adoption when she is older.

Ms Storey said: “Penny was so lucky to be spotted by the member of the public because she was so tiny and then the odds were against her.

“She has done amazingly well in the care of Pawz, which does a fantastic job and helps the RSPCA a great deal.

“It just goes to show that no animal is too small for animal charities like us to rescue and rehabilitate.”