Photo Credit: Ashleigh Pienaar Photography

Three orphaned Dormice are thriving under the care of the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital, and we cannot get over how cute they are!


Johannesburg, South Africa (12 February 2021) – Step aside Three Blind Mice, we are falling in love with three little Dormice orphans. The orphans were rescued from a lodge in Dinokeng and taken to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital.

They were alone, covered in a sticky stance and were showing some health problems by way of bloat and diarrhoea. Thankfully the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital was happy to take them in and treat them.

“These Woodland dormice (Graphiurus murinus) were found near a lodge in Dinokeng with no mother around, despite keeping a lookout for her return. Upon arrival at our hospital, they were covered in a sticky substrate, and were suffering from bloat as well as diarrhoea.

Initially syringe fed, the trio became stronger and healthier, beginning to lap up their special milk formula. They also began enjoying crickets, mealworms and superworms!

Dormice are nocturnal and arboreal (tree-dwelling), and tend to search for food at night in dense tree areas to facilitate movement and potentially reduce the risk of predation. Once they are old enough to fend for themselves they will be released in a similar and safe habitat to where they were found.”

Photographer Ashleigh Pienaar always takes the most incredible images for the wildlife vet, but these have to be the very best yet. You can’t quite tell just how tiny these Dormice are until you see one feeding on a tiny teat attached to a syringe, as shared above.

The Johannesburg Wildlife Vet’s feeding programme is called “One Meal“, and it allows the public to support their various rescues by paying for one meal. Many of the meals provided to these wildlife rescues come from generous donations from the public.

Below are the various payment options for the Wildlife Vet, they rely on donations so if you can, you can donate through the methods below.


Paypal:… (For the USA and international-based donors)

Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account nr: 62658400264
Branch code: 255355
Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Sources: Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital
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