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Henrietta was rescued in September and a few days later delivered a litter of babies.

Over the next few months the babies’ growth and development will be chronicled.
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For their first 2.5 weeks of life they stayed hidden in their nest. Between 2.5 and 3 weeks old they left their nest for short periods of time to investigate their surroundings.

At 3 weeks of age they started to lap water from a shallow bowl and eat tiny amounts of crumbled food pellets. Tiny sounds of chewing could be heard from their nest as they learned to eat small amounts of alfalfa hay.

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Their foster mom has started to socialize them. At first they were startled by the smell and touch of a human hand. Touching Mama first and babies second helped co-mingle the smells and they soon loved gentle stroking.

Still at only 3 weeks old they spend more and more time out of their nest and have started “jiffy-popping” around their enclosure.
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They continue to nurse from Mom twice a day.

-HRN Fostermom: Cheryl-