The little spotted shelved kit continues to hang on, despite seemingly insurmountable odds. It's so small, and thin. It gets the same amound of nursing time as the two bigger siblings, who appear to be normal size for their age. This tiny spotted baby has long fur, and remains stunted. I have started adding a slice of apple and a pinch of pellet food to the nest box while they are in the house to give her some kind of alternative to get calories in her system. (I assume female because the last litter has two dark boys and a white girl).
We have named the two black kits in the shelved litter. There's one solid black kit, we've named him Willy. There is one black kit that has one white foot, his name is Wonka. The pair make Willy and Wonka. If the little spotted kit pulls through to weaning, she/he will have a W name as well. Straying from the Willy Wonka theme, perhaps Wisp would be fitting for her thin frame. Or we could stick with the Willy Wonka theme and call the spotted kit Wilder, (a reference to Gene Wilder who played Willy Wonka in 1971) which might be better suited if it turns out to be a tiny buck. It's a long shot that this kit will survive. As of yesterday it was tipping over. She doesn't even register on the weight scale. She's adorable though, and those panda eyes will melt your heart.