Surprise Mice in the Compost

I was outside with Joshua the other day as he turned the compost from one bin to another. Part way into the pile, he exclaimed at what he had found:

Baby mice. Or some other kind of rodent. I rescued them from the compost as he kept turning and kept finding more babies.

Then, he uncovered a stash of pristine corn:

Mama mouse had been swiping corn from the barn and socking it away in the compost!

My collection of babies kept growing:

Eventually, all the compost was turned, and I think I’d found all the babies. I tucked them all back inside the pallet at the bottom of the compost bin and covered them up with more compost. The family’s stash of corn was disrupted, but I hope the babies stayed warm enough until mama returned to care for them.