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It's A Zoo In Here

weather: raining
outside: 12°C
mood: amused
We've been hamster-sitting for Hammy, gtimomo's 1½ year old teddybear hamster while they've been on vacation. Hammy is so much fun and looks completely hilarious when she's cleaning her face.

Oh! This little girl knows how to open the door latch of her cage and get out!! =O She's escaped once that way before. Hammy also knows how to stand up on her hind legs, stick her paws through the ceiling bars to push things out of the way of the door. They watched her open it.

We put her in her plastic ball and let her run around in the room we're in. We have a box that blocks the entrance to the room so that she can't wander too far. Every few seconds there's a *donk* or *thump* or sometimes, even *clang* of the plastic ball bumping into something.

Then suddenly, it's waaay too quiet in here. She's rammed the box out of the way and has rolled into another part of the house!! We brought her back and set her on the floor again. That's when I saw her charging the box.

Sometimes, we'll take her out of the ball to play. She'll scurry around on our hands and arms. She's the opposite of the birds, she keeps wanting to go downward. Even from 4 feet high, she'll try to jump onto the floor. You kinda have to play treadmill with your hands to let her have a perpetual running platform =)

The funniest is when I flipped her over into one hand and cupped my hand so she's on her back, like a stranded beetle, four limbs-a-kimbo in the air struggling to get up and out of the cupped hand. =D =D It doesn't take her very long to wriggle over and out, so we had to take pictures of it really fast.

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userinfoSid actually understands what "up" means. He knows that when I say "up", I want him to go this way =)

Sometimes, he climbs down to the bottom of his cage and plays with his poop (which, apparently, is not as big a deal for them to do as if we touched our own poop, but it just grosses out the humans) >K{ I say "no" and then "up" to get him to climb back up.

The other day, he was very slowly climbing downwards. I caught him and sharply said "Hey. UP." He stopped and studied me. I said, "uuUP" again and he climbed back up to one of his perches.

A few moments later, he tried to sneak down. He went down one rung at a time extra slowly while looking at me with his head slightly tipped =D He thought he was being all sneaky and cautious, it looked SO CUTE. But I couldn't let him. I said, "Sid. Up." He stopped and just sat there on the side of his cage. I stared him down. "UP." He went back up. =)

I think he also understands that "up" means I want him to step up onto my arm. He doesn't always want to, but I think he knows that's what I want him to do.

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userinfoSkippy has learned to attack her tassel tree and squeak angrily, just like Sid. She's learning a lot of behaviours from Sid. *sigh* She's becoming a pissy little thing, but Sid has gotten a lot sweeter since we got him.

She likes flying onto juky's head. We figure it's because his hair feels like a nest to her =D But she'll get so mad when you try to take her off of his head. She also hates being taken off of his shoulders as well. Skippy has been like that since she was only a few months old. She'll walk and climb over to wherever he's sitting, fly onto his shoulder, walk onto his face, etc. It's bizarre. He doesn't even like her and she keeps going to him. =D =D

Skippy is super scared of Hammy and will run away when she sees Hammy coming over to her. It doesn't even look like Hammy notices Skippy exists. =) I would have let Skippy run around on top of Hammy's cage, but they didn't want her pooping on Hammy's head. =\ Ah well.

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kaseido
Nov. 24th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
omg, the icon is so cute!

Definitely post Stranded Beetle Hammy pix!
bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)
That's "busy" from the Unexpected Hamsters mood theme =) My favorite are "busy", "distressed" and "excited".
kaseido
Nov. 24th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
*squee*! Very cute! Too bad most of 'em look alike, or I'd switch. The animated ones are priceless -
ducks
Nov. 24th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
I LOVE these posts! :) It's so fun to read about your birds and your (adopted) hamster!
bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks =)
magicwoman
Nov. 24th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you have a fun animal filled house right now. Sure does make me miss Chuckie. . .

Susan
bride
Nov. 24th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC)
Aaaww ={
amarins
Nov. 24th, 2004 11:25 pm (UTC)
A few years ago I had Sammie, also a teddybear hamster. He was so sweat. And a few months after I bought Sammie, I bought Youri (a russian dwarf hamster, I had bought him a very cooool space theme cage.)
I lived in a studentshouse at the time and couldn't have a cat. Hamsters were a good substitute.
bride
Nov. 25th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
cooool space theme cage.

I love looking at hamster cages and accessories. Some of them are sooo cool =)
amarins
Nov. 25th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
wow. Sammie did have a tube-system like that, but not that large ;-).
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