I had to return Drew
I bought Drew about a week ago for my gerbil Dora, who will be 3 this May, and her sister Lizzie Beth had passed away, and I didn't want Dora to get depressed and lose the will to live herself. I decided to slowly introduce her to a boy gerbil since females and males are easier to introduce, and since she is older and would probably be stuborn w/another female, and she is too old to have babies.
I put a metal wired cage in Dora's 30 gallon tank. At first they tried biting at each other threw the bars, so I replaced the metal cage with a plastic carrier case. A few days went by and they seemed interested in each other, Drew would sleep by Dora outside the plastic containor and visa versa, so I decided to try the metal cage again to see how they would react to each other.
They seemed to get along really well. Sniffing at each other through the bars, and Dora was flirting with Drew acting like a little young school girl. I have introduced many gerbils before and I had a good feeling about this, so I decided I would introduce them the following night.
Dora layed on her stomach, and Drew started grooming her, all seemed to be fine, then he suddenly started viciously attacking her. It took me about 2 minutes to break the fight up. Dora had alot of blood on her, and after examing Drew he had nothing on him except Dora's blood.
I have heard from gerbil breeders that once they draw blood the gerbils can never get along, so I didn't want to give them more time with the split caging, and didn't want to take the chance of Dora getting hurt again.
I returned Drew to the pet store. I just told the petstore to take him back because I didn't have a receipt. They were really rude to me at first, and aquasatory with me w/what I did to Drew, not even concerned with happened to Dora at all. They finally agreed to take him back.
I believe everthing happens for a reason. I think one, Dora and I bonded more during this experience. And two, I think she is happy living alone now after what Drew did to her.
She is doing really good, I was really upset w/what Drew did to her. But I cleaned her up with water peroxide solution, and I realized the wounds were not that deep, and are healing nicely now. I am so happy she is ok, and so mad that this has happened to her.
I have introduced many gerbils before, and I have never had this happen before.