The curiosity surrounding degus.
First off, I believe I should introduce myself first. I'm new here, and to be honest, I haven't personally had a degu yet, though I am planning on it. I've been a breeder of many different small animals, such as hamsters, mice and rats. I do understand that degus are very different, as I've researched and also have a friend who owns one. And before I go onto my topic, I want to say that yes, I know that degus aren't happy living alone, but you don't know the story behind this particular little girl. Aw, now that I've mentioned it, I have to go into detail!
You see, I had seen degus in pet stores before my friend got one. I live in Canada (more specifically Saskatchewan) and I've noticed an abundance of degus in pet stores. I've heard they're rare in some places, but I don't have to worry about finding a few little critters here. Anyway, back to the story, as I'm going off track. My friend called me and told me she had bought two degus. They were two girls, but the petstore thought they were both male. At first, I must agree that it's hard to sex degus, but all you have to do is look at a set of pictures, and then it's stuck in your memory forever.
However, tragedy did strike. My friend's younger sibling, who is known to be a great nuisance, knocked over their cage, and the two degus were perfectly unharmed...However, the smaller one ran under a couch, and was dead when finally found. There was no sign of being squished, or physically hurt in anyway, so we figured it might have been a heart attack of some sort.
The poor degu was very miserable without her sister, but when she was taken out, she spent time with my friend's gerbil (Bob). They actually developed a rather intimate relationship, and moved in together. Degus are incredibly social, I've noticed, and can, though against popular belief, get along with an array of different rodents. I think, though, that like many animals, the degu only got along with Bob because they had met when the two degus were just babies. Even from the start, though, Bob would climb up on the two degus backs when they were sleeping in their play pin and sleep. It was actually pretty adorable to see a little white gerbil sliding down slowly from their backs sleepily.
Now I've gone on too long! But finally onto the topic...
Many people consider degus rodents, however due to recent studies, it's concluded that degus are not, in fact,
rodents, but more closely related to rabbits, chinchillas and guinea pigs.
What are your views?