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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2013 8:23pm (Mar 7th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We brought home two little Roborovski girls a few days ago. We have had a spare cage that we discovered in a charity shop (a bargain at only £5!)

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    but had nothing to put in it for a while...then we stumbled across these little girls! Say hi to Clam (left) and Clem (Clementine) right

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    They are Roborvski hamsters, the smallest of the dwarf varieties. They are incredibly speedy, making handling nigh impossible, and are significantly smaller than a mouse. They can live for up to 4 years, jump up to 15cm, and have the facial beardiness of a Schnauzer!!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2013 8:33pm (Mar 7th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And a video - this is them on the go slow, not moving half as fast as they can!!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2013 6:15pm (Mar 8th 2013)
     
    Is that Zoey singing in the background, Red? She could do a duet with Kaspar!
    They're so weeeeeeeeeeeny! Aren't you worried they'll shimmy out between the bars? Aren't they pretty, though - I see what you mean about the whiskers; will they get more prominent as they get older?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2013 2:25pm (Mar 9th 2013)
     
    Sooooo cute, you will need a tent in the garden for yourself and Lyle to sleep in soon !!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2013 5:49pm (Mar 10th 2013)
     
    Awwww, Red they are soooo cute!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2013 7:41am (Mar 11th 2013)
     
    More sweet babies, I have never heard of them before can't belive how tiny they are, smaller than a mouse?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 12:51pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh god. :face-plain:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 3:11pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     
    Posted By: neilOh god.

    Go on, grumpy; you love it really - keeps her amused! :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 3:47pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    *sigh* Yess CC, that is Zoey singing in the background... :rolling:

    Posted By: nanny northSooooo cute, you will need a tent in the garden for yourself and Lyle to sleep in soon !!!!


    Wll unfortunately we have had a few critters pass over the rainbow bridge recently, so we're not reduced to the garden just yet!

    Yep TM, smaller than a mouse! Really good escape artists too, but this cage we have is amazing! The bars are closer together than any other mouse cage, so I'm 99.5% certain it's escape proof ;)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 3:31pm (Mar 14th 2013)
     
    Sorry that you lost some of your little ones Red, it is always so sad when they leave us.xxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2013 4:18pm (Mar 15th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thankyou NN :)Flea was very upsetting, not sure I introduced him here he was a male mouse, as we got him as a youngster and he only lived to be about six months old :(

    Here is Clam enjoying a cornflake!

    Clam eating

    You can see Clementine in the wheel here!

    Roborovski hamster
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2013 6:16pm (Mar 15th 2013)
     
    Could you take a pic of one of them beside a coin so we can see how weeny they are please, Red?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2013 12:36am (Mar 16th 2013)
     
    they are so tiny and so sweet yes a coin would help as long as I know what the equivalent is here in OZ.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2013 1:34pm (Mar 17th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Good idea CC! The pics aren't very good of the C's as they're so difficult to get pics of!

    50p with Robo's

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    And Harley mouse :smile:

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    Alice just wanted a pic!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2013 1:45pm (Mar 17th 2013)
     
    I reckon Harley was checking to see if the 50p bit was edible! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2013 7:17pm (Mar 17th 2013)
     
    Harley and Alice are adorable!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2013 4:42pm (Mar 18th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She definitely was CC. Kate, Donut was in there too but she didn't fancy a photo shoot! They are adorable, and very friendly too. But I may be biased as I love mice!

    Speaking of rodents, I managed to get two shots of the rattie boys for you that are actually in focus!!

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    Banjiboy

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    Oooh, and one of Banjo eating a live mealworm (eeeew!) as a special treat

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2013 4:46pm (Mar 18th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Also, I forgot to say, we have had to move the robo's upstairs to the rat room as Kasper HATES when they 'talk' to each other!!! :blink: They make a noise kinda like the meerkat from the advert, and he hates it! It sets him off barking every time, and seeing as it's usually the middle of the night when they're up I don't fancy working with it!! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2013 7:11pm (Mar 18th 2013)
     
    He has gone really white now! I never gave mine mealworms, but I know how popular they are with rats!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2013 5:08pm (Mar 19th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He is practically all white, we chuckle when we remember what he was first like!! Mealworms were a big Hit, but they can't have them too often as they're really low in nutrients and are fatty!

    Lulu has Kasper's old bowl asa water bowl, and her water bowl as a foodbowl now. Her plants were getting knocked everywhere and covered in mud, she has a habit of tromping through her food bowl, so hopefully this will help!

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 3:18pm (Mar 21st 2013)
     
    Soon be a lot easier to find her wild plants and weeds Red spring is just round the corner
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2013 7:41pm (Mar 25th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I hope so, she had to have some broccoli with her weeds today! :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2013 1:25pm (Mar 28th 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sad sad news :(

    The night after I posted we discovered Clem had been killed, and Clam badly injured in a fight. Clam died less than an hour after we found him :( We are devastated, and were horribly shocked and distraught at the time. We are complaining to the council about the shop we bought them from, as I said I only wanted one (because I'd heard they could fight and many years ago a friend had one kill the other) but was told they are v.sociable animals and only sold in pairs (ha, money grabbers...).

    I feel so so stupid for listening to them...

    RIP babies, we will miss you beauties <3
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2013 5:46pm (Mar 28th 2013) edited
     
    O Red how horrible. What ignorant/greedy gits those pet shop people must have been; was it a chain store? Or a private one? So sorry. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2013 7:18pm (Mar 28th 2013)
     
    Oh no, Red... that is awful. I never listen to people who work in pet stores, most know very little about the animals they sell and are only interested in sales (at any cost to the poor animals)I'm just so sorry you lost them both in one night. RIP little guys.:face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2013 7:40pm (Mar 28th 2013)
     
    Oh Red how terrible. What a horrible thing for you to have to deal with. I think you are right to complain for the very reason Lynn gave - the staff seem to know very little and will say anything to get a sale. When I was looking for a companion rat for Patrick the local shop wanted me to take her in so that they could put her into the rat pen to 'meet' thei rat they wanted to sell. Needless to say I went elsewhere.

    Sleep soundly Clem and Clam. You were only here for a short time but you were loved very much. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2013 8:05am (Mar 29th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's a private pet shop, we've used it lots before and have always been impressed so I'm bitterly disappointed in them. Ug+
    h
    + ca

    Agh two dogs are fighting and chewing on me!!! These two help cheer me up :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2013 7:02pm (Mar 29th 2013)
     
    OH Red I am so sorry to hear such sad news,:hugging: poor babies. I feel for you all, some people just should not be allowed to run a pet store.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2013 6:34pm (Mar 31st 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thankyou TM, just waiting to hear back on how to officially make a complaint against a shop, so hopefully some good can come out of this x