A few hours ago, Rosie escaped 0_0;;. Their cage came with plastic dishes that attach to the side of the cage and for whatever reason there aren't any bars behind them. So, if you were to remove the dishes, your pet could escape. But the degus have ceramic dishes and pretty much ignored the plastic ones...sometimes they nibbled on them but never enough to create holes or anything. Until today. Apparently one of them was bored and chewed apart almost a whole dish...and Rosie squeezed out.
Stash, my house rabbit, saved the day. He alerted us that a degu was loose and if he hadn't done that I might still be looking for my baby girl.
You see, I was on the computer when we all heard Stash stomping his foot really loudly. My mom went to go see what was going on and although I didn't really feel it was that strange (Stash stomps his foot on a daily basis...just not usually that loud) I decided to follow. We figured it was because he was out of hay. I gave him some but he still kept stomping. I then went over to comfort my degus, who seemed scared at all the noise. It didn't take me long to realize Rosie wasn't in the cage. Luckily, she must have just escaped because we found her right next to the desk the cage is on. She was in shock but seemed ok. She recovered pretty quickly, though, because a few minutes later she was stealing food from Ichigo
Elvis and Stash's cage is right in front of the desk where the degu cage is so I guess Stash probably saw Rosie running around and freaked out (he was in his cage at the time...Elvis was elsewhere). I'm so glad he alerted us when he did because it would've been awful if Rosie got into the rest of the house...I don't know if we would've ever found her. I'm also glad the other degus didn't escape. They were probably too scared...especially after seeing their sister fall.
Rosie doesn't seem to be hurt but I'm monitering her closely...she did have quite a fall
. I also have blocked off the hole and am looking into getting a large branch or something to cover that area. I'm hopefully getting them a new cage soon anyways.
I'm just so happy nothing horrible happend...a nightmare I have all the time is of my degus escaping and not being able to find/catch them again...so I freaked out when I found out it was happening for real.
Just had to share my story ^_^;. Have you guys ever had any degu escapes? I remember the day after I got my degus I had Ichigo on my shoulder and was reading a magazine...I was used to my very tame hamsters and was shocked when she jumped off and dived into the couch!! I thought I'd never find her again and was feeling awful since I had only had her for a day. I was looking into the couch with a flashlight when I felt something nibble on my hand and it was her...I was so relieved even though she bit me ^^;.