Harvest Mice – they grow up fast

Young harvest mouse

This is one of three harvest mice that have just left the nest their mother had carefully made for them.

Young harvest mouse

These tiny mice give birth after a pregnancy lasting between 17 and 19 days. Their babies are born naked with their eyes closed but by just eleven days old they are able to leave the nest to explore their surroundings.

Young harvest mouse

Amazingly at only 15 days old they are able to fend for themselves.

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