Cute baby dormice abandoned

The Wildwood conservation team discovered four tiny dormice in a pot plant bought from a garden centre.

Baby dormice saved

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Two tiny dormice, which were found abandoned in a flowerpot, are being nursed back to health by carers at the Wildwood Trust near Canterbury.

The endangered animals are being fed a milk formula by hand every two hours and are slowly being weaned onto solid food. David Johns has been to see how they're getting on; he spoke to animal keeper Judi Dunn, and Wildwood's Chief Executive Peter Smith.

Rescued dormice battle to survive

Four tiny baby dormice discovered in a pot plant purchased from a garden centre are battling for survival at a wildlife park in Kent.

The tiny babies were taken to the Fur & Feather Wildlife Trust in Folkestone and experts are now mounting a 24 hour vigil.

Unfortunate two of the babies did not make it, showing just how their tiny lives hang on a knife edge.

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Thumb-sized baby dormice rescued from plantpot

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Only two of the four dormice survived following the rescue Credit: Wildwood Trust

A group of baby dormice were discovered in a plant pot bought from a garden centre in Kent.

The mice were taken to the Fur and Feather Wildlife Trust in Folkestone and mounted a 24 hour vigil.

Two of the babies did not survive but the two that remain are healthy and safe in the care of the Wildlife Trust conservation.

The Wildwood dormouse rescue centre is the biggest of its kind in the UK and the Canterbury based charity is helping to strengthen dormouse breeding.

Hazel Ryan, Wildwood’s Senior Conservation Officer said, "The hazel dormouse is now classed as extremely vulnerable to extinction but through projects such as this, Wildwood hopes to tip the balance back in favour of the dormouse.”

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Due to the cold weather, the survival of the late babies are very small Credit: Wildwood Trust