they're social like spiny mice, look like huge gerbils, and smart like dogs (in my opinion). try the local pet store. degus.org is a great site. i got mine free from the classifieds in my area, usually they'r elike 20$ each (canadian dollars lol). they make bird noises sometimes. they warble like finches when they groom each other. cheep when they're annoyed, sometimes they squeak like floorboards all day becasue they're in atlakative mood.
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