December 3rd, 2009

Ann Vole

Japanese Mini-truck

I am building my school bus to be a motorhome in the front and a heated garage-on-wheels in the back. The problem was I really needed a small truck rather than a compact car to park in the bus. Trucks generally are wider then cars and I need room on the side to open the door while parked in the bus. The solution is the Japanese mini-trucks which are as narrow as a compact car but hold close to a half a ton of cargo in the back. Roof height is also a concern as there is only so much room height-wise in the bus. The bus's wheel wells have to have ramps over them which leaves very little room left. The Japanese mini-trucks have smaller tires and the sides of the back box fold down leaving lots of room if I back the truck in. I just paid off the visas and sucessfully increased the credit limit so I am close to being able to buy one. Taxes (have not done taxes for a few years... doing them now) should pay me significantly which I can use then to pay off my credit card balances. Next week maybe... maybe this week if I can get a deal. These things have three cylinder engines and get great mileage too.
Ann Vole

If you love something ... on the menu

There is the old saying "if you love something, let it go free". This advice may be good for potential mates or potential pets who can do fine in the wild on their own. The argument loses though when you are talking about a prey species who will live a dozen times as long as a pet then as a wild ... buffet item for predators. Most small rodents fit in that category and have the added disadvantage of not having a mother bringing safe and available foods for the young if they are raised in captivity. They rarely have any instructions from their parrents on how to live but more likely are chased away by their mother 2-3 days after their eyes open and are weened... the mother cannot bring food home but rather just bring home the essence of what she ate through the milk she produces. The other side of the coin is to point out that with so little instructions for young wild rodents, they have great instincts to guide them so a tame one born in captivity will not fair too much different then a wild-borne one (which is still a bleak chance of living very long). My point is that if you raise one of these prey species due to being orphaned or nest destroyed or found injured or otherwise homeless... they will likely experience a better (and most likely a longer) life as a pet but will also do as well as wild ones if released imstead.

I think I should make a website with the above paragraph as well as detailed instructions on the best way to release rodents to the wild as well as detailed instructions on keeping various common wild species as pets. One of my email addresses is included with information on pet voles, pet deermice, caring for orphaned rodents, and releasing rodents back into the wild so I get lots of emails from people looking for such information and opinion of whether or not they should keep a rodent as a pet or release it. I can then direct them to my website rather then repeat myself in email responces directly.