Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
I loved my gerbils. They are endlessly entertaining.
The only downside is that they are accomplished escape artists. I've never had one or heard of one first hand that didn't escape more than once, so keep that in mind when you plan their housing.
Escape story: I had my gerbils in a large glass tank on my desk with a weighted wire mesh lid. I started noticing papers on my desk chewed up each morning. How?
I stayed up and watched them one night. Rat the Gerbil would wedge bedding under his wheel methodically and test the wheel repeatedly between wedging bouts to see if it would still turn.
Once he'd wedged enough to keep the wheel from turning, he climbed the wheel to the top, spiderpiged his way across the roof, and then worked his way to the one corner that was just a little bit off kilter from the other three corners. Then he'd do some freaky cirq d' sole twist with his body, and wedge up the edge by a quarter inch and pour himself out of the tiny gap.
Then because he had better leverage from the outside, would just force the side open to slide back in when he was ready to return.
Beats all I ever saw.
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