Thursday, September 25, 2008

Things 1 and 2

Meet the newest members of our family. Their names are Thing 1 and Thing 2 because it is hard to tell them apart. They are degus. Degus are from Chile, they're rodents, like hamsters, gerbils, etc. Ours are almost full grown and have not been handled much so we are in the process of trying to hand tame them so they can be handled. They eat guinea pig pellets, hay, spinach and they absolutely love peeled and cut up raw sweet potatoes. That seems to be their favorite treat. They need to have a dust bath like chinchillas, which they seem to enjoy.

While they are afraid of us, they are not one bit afraid of our cat, Winston. Winston will get up by their cage and lay there watching them and they will come over and rub noses with him through the bars.


Wayne said...

If the cat gets along with them, it will only be a matter of time before they warm up to a human. Cute cute critters!

Rose said...

I just love Degus. They are so cute.

Liz said...

Oh so cute!

Nice blog...can't wait to read more.


Tammy said...

They are very cute, and soft. One of them will let me touch him once in awhile now.

Tammy said...

oh, and we have learned to tell them apart so now their names are Plato and Socrates. My stepson likes those names.

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