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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-16-2006, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Question Bullying?

I had a litter of four pups and was wondering what would cause the only male pup to pass over and the three females to be doing so well? Could the females be bullying the male and caused him to not to nurse? Help!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-16-2006, 12:23 PM
 
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How old are they?
Some gerbils just aren't physicaly strong, and it can be somewhat normal to loose a pup in a litter, especially large litters.
Also sometimes Momma gerbil just dosn't produce enough milk.
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They are two weeks old. Could the females have pushed him away from a nipple? There were only four pups so I don't think that is large. Could he just have been not strong enough and so he couldn't make it any further in life? It just seems wierd, maybe he was the runt or something...Is that possible?

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Mommy to:
2 cats: Suess and Jezebel
2 horses: Winter and Junior
3 dogs: Panda, Maggie, Snoopy

And the rest:
5 cows, a bull and one mean buffalo

Gone but not forgotten:
Jester, cat
Waffles, dog
Gunny, ferret

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-17-2006, 04:39 AM
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It certainly is possible that the little male was runty or weak and the stronger females pushed him away from the nipple where he couldn't feed.I have had that happen with mice.




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