Tuesday, August 20. 2019
Upon my return from vacation I discovered this mouse in my pool. It was resting on a floatation device that we have in the pool so that if an animal should fall in while we are away, it would be able to climb onto it and not drown.
After scooping the mouse out of the pool, it was clear to me that he was very grateful to be saved. Being able to save a life once I got home from vacation was a perfect end to a week full of wildlife. Is it just me or is he smiling?
There are floatation devices with “critter saving escape ramps” that you can purchase on sites such as Amazon to assist an animal that happens to fall into your pool. Once an animal falls in the water their first instinct is to swim toward the pool wall trying to get out. They eventually will find the pool device, climb up on top and can use the ramp to exit the pool.
By Brad Gates, B.Sc.
Brad Gates is the owner and president of AAA Gates Wildlife Control. He has over 35 years experience in the humane wildlife removal and prevention industry.