Saturday, May 28, 2011

Camera Critters: More Pets

The budgie introduction went well. At first Emily and Maggie couldn't find their way out of the transport cage and when they did, all four birds started flying around the room - whenever I though they had settled down, one of them took off again and of course the others had to follow. I though that Ernst (the blue one on the left) would have a heart attack (he does have heart problems and he tires quickly), but they did settle down and he got his breath back. It's too early to tell if they will bond, but they go get along just fine. Ernst and Igor (green) have already taught the girls that basil and dandelion are great to eat.

I also got two new bushy-tailed jirds this week and introduced them to my group. That also went well, they accepted each other right away. Bushy-tailed jirds are a gerbil species and my favourites in that huge group. They are lighter than Mongolian gerbils and much more agile. A bushy-tailed jird can jump 2ft high easily from a standing start and they can climb the thinnest branches. They are also very inquisitive and while they don't enjoy being petted because of their fine fur, they will climb around on their owner and come to check on you the minute you open the cage.
Bushy-tailed jirds

Why are they called bushy-tailed? Because:
Bushy-tailed jirds
The white tip is normal, the white streaks further up the tail are places where the jird has been bitten and where the hair grows white now. They look a bit greasy because they don't have a sandbath while they are being introduced.

See more animals at the Camera critters meme

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