Saturday, November 15, 2008

Camera Critters #32

We just rescued some Duprasi gerbils (Pachyuromys duprasi) aka Fat-Tailed gerbils. I really don't understand why people know nothing about the pets they keep. Duprasis must be kept on chinchilla sand or at least offered a big sandbath for their fur. They eat up to 50% animal protein in the form of insects and they are not very social, pairs (of the same sex) are usually fine, but bigger groups fit. The people we got them from had four males in one group and a female (probably pregnant) with three babies from two different litters and a very sick male in the second group. They were kept on wood shaving, with totally unsuitable food, one house per group as the whole furniture and no sandbath in sight.
The owner gave us the males, but may want to keep the females and the other male. We're trying to get all of them out because otherwise they will be dead in a few weeks, just from the wrong care (if care is the right word at all).
Here they are, after having a (the first?) sandbath:
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Edit: Their owners were just here and we gave them some sand, proper food and roaches as well as information about how to build a good cage, get a proper wheel, sand ect. The females and the male will stay with them (separated of course, the male has a male juvenile for company), but I hope that the conditions they live in will get much better now.

15 comments:

Dina said...

So glad you know the right way and that you can save the life of these cute animals.

Nicole said...

Oh! Too Cute!!! Look at those noses!

I hope you are able to get the others or at least convince their current human to work harder for them!

Rose said...

Oh, so cute! My kids had mice and they had rats, even brought in a garter snake for a day or two, and rabbits, a squirrel, a robin, but never did they have a hamster.

April said...

What wonderful little creatures! They must have really enjoyed that sand bath. I like the mice in the previous post, too. You're doing good work.

fishing guy said...

Jenn: What really neat photos of the little guys.

AppleDebbie said...

I'm glad you were able to educate the owners on the proper care of these little gerbils. They're such cute little guys!

babooshka said...

You do great work and these littlw cuties prove it.

Denise said...

Beautiful little animals and lovely photographs. I am so glad that you were able to take care of them and show people how to take care of them.

Julie said...

They are so cute. I know what you mean. Thanks for educating them.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

They are adorable!

ratmammy said...

how cute they are! they look like stuffed animals!

Rambling Woods said...

I was just saying this to my husband. People should know how to care for pets, but hubby said that some people don't even know how to care for their own children. Ignorance in many areas is a big problem. These are cute little guys. We had two rats as pets and they were great pets...

i beati said...

so friendly - your above flower photo is phenomenal - colors so brilliant sandy

Vicki said...

How cute! We have 6 dwarf hamsters and my son just brought one to me that is sick. I hope she's going to be ok.

Christine said...

So wonderful of you to rescue those cute little guys! Good to hear that they have a good home now. GREAT pictures!