i saw them first.
to be fair, the dogs smelled them. and we all saw the terrified mothers leap out of the shelter of the pile of canvas, but i saw the little mouselings, newly exposed.
what do you do?
i have kept rodents as pets. i would have hand raised these little pinklings, or tried to, but the truth is i haven't got time right now to be raising a litter of wild mice.
there, in my gloved hand, they were trying to suckle. their little eyes weren't open yet, but they would be in a day or so.
we had few options. the only real choice was to kill them quickly and humanely.
i cried a little.
and we went back to work.