Mom saw my mice today!
A little background story:
I'm the only rodent lover in my family. I've been training my nieces over the years so they like them too, but no one else in my family. In fact, my sister is insanely afraid of mice and rodents in general. Well.. I had my hamsters and gerbils, but I wanted to have mice too. I thought.. they are fairly small and with the huge quantity of cages I already have, they won't notice a new one with the mice. Well, my other sister (the one that doesn't lives in my house, so doesn't care much of what I bring in) took me to the pet store and I bought 3 little girls. I sneaked them into my room and no one in my family, besides the sister that took me to the pet store and my nieces, knows about them. 2 of them died since that time (at the end of this summer), only Cheddar is left. While here, I went a couple of times to the pet store and got a couple more of mice (you know about them...).
I've been keeping them in a plastic bin, on a high shelf in a far corner of the room, where my parents don't go when they come in here (this is at my apartment near college). I finish finals this week (yay! so early this year!) and I've been taking the gang home over the last 2 weekends. Only ones left here are Cleo (cause nobody wants to feed her home) and the mice (cause I prefer to have them with me all the time, just in case). I had to take the plastic tub last week home, so I changed them to the only cage that stays here (empty), the 30g tank. That tank is right in the middle of the room in front of my bed in plain view.
We arrived today and all the mice were out and about. Mom sat on the bed and looked at them. After looking at them for a while she told me "I hadn't seen those before". I told her "those were the ones that were in the cage up there". She then tells me "those 2 spotted ones are really pretty, the other spotted ones that you have are not like them". I answered "nope" and she tells me "I like them, they are really really pretty". Then she stays quiet and keeps staring at them. After a while of looking at them she says "They haven't grown much, the others are much bigger... and these have been there the whole semester" Again I answered "no, they haven't". Well.. she kept staring at them some more but didn't said anything else.
LOL.. she thought they were gerbils! I didn't mentioned that they were really mice cause that would have freaked her out... LOL That small fact would have explained why they were smaller than the others and have a different spotting. LOL That shows how much my parents know about animals. My dad saw them too, but didn't commented anything about them. He never says anything about my pets..