Updated: Aug 8
I found Mercury when he was just a few days old. I went out to the feral area one October evening to feed the cats and I saw this tiny creature in one of the straw houses. I thought the mother must have been moving the nest there so I left as I didn't want to disturb her. In the wee hours of the morning, I went back out and saw that he was still there...by himself. I brought him in, warmed him up and tried to get some formula into him. He refused and for the next days it was hit and miss to get food into him. On the fifth day, he began to suck on his own. He was so tiny, his umbilicus scab came off in my hand.
I quickly learned why his Mom brought him to me- when he nursed, he scratched non-stop with his little extended claws. He made me bleed, I can only imagine how he must be slicing his mother's tender belly. I held his little paws between my two fingers to save my skin and it was as though we were on a bicycle while he nursed.
I worked at two jobs at the time and fortunately, I was able to bring him with me to each of them as he needed care every few hours around the clock without fail. Everywhere I went, I brought my little shadow. He made it and is a valued member of the family.