A new Emins pup

Posted on Monday 12th November 2012 @ 01:39 pm

Kia’s second litter was born on Saturday 22 September. Like her first litter she ignored the pups. The first time I left the pups with Kia too long – hoping she’d nurse them. We lost them all. There were only two pups in Kia’s second litter. After 12 hours I checked them. One was already dead, the other cold and dehydrated and no milk band to be seen. I took a deep breath and decided to try and hand raise the pup. I was very pessimistic about the pups chances because it hadn’t had any of Mum’s first milk and was already cold and dehydrated. The pup is a female and she’s made it!

KukurikaThe pup, named Kukurika, is now seven weeks old and she is more-or-less weaned. She doesn’t need it but she’s very reluctant to give up her formula. As she’s without any siblings or Mummy she’s still enjoying supplementary heat.

The full story of hand rearing Kukurika is available on the Exotic Keeper Forum.

You can see day-by-day development development pictures in the album and also watch a seven minute compilation video of Kukurika feeding when she was two weeks old.

Admist all the joy of the new pup I’ve handed back her parents, Ollie and Kia, who have been fostered to me for over a year now. Although I knew they would go back one day but it was very hard to part with them. My time will to be devoted solely to Kukurika now.

Posted by Pouched Rats on Monday 12th November 2012 @ 01:39 pm
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