Swimming Pool Saviors
I bought them a Frog Saver Lily Pad to help them give these little ones a chance at survival. Two other lifesaving options are the Froglog “Little Critter Pool Sitter” and the Critter Guard. These items make great housewarming or hospitality gifts for when you visit people with swimming pools. If you have a community pool, see if you can arrange for some of these things to be put out each night.
Swimming in a chilly pool with no means of escape is very stressful for mice, as animal experimenters know very well—the “forced swim test” is a standard (and unconscionable!) means of inducing stress in mice in labs. Another name for the “forced swim test” is the “behavioral despair” test. Could that be any more disturbing?