Yup you read the title right, we did it again!!! We got 2 more chinnies out of a pet store here. Although I will admit we like this pet store for the most part, it is a small mom and pop type store that is mainly for pet supplies, they do carry reptiles and birds along with feeder mice, and maybe a hamster here and there. We walked in there yesterday to see if they had any Frontline Plus in stock for the dogs and cats and we did our little walk around the store (as it isn't very big), and low and behold on the floor in a decent sized rabbit cage there sat 2 baby chinnies. They looked to be about 6-8 weeks old, very young. I will give the guy props he had the proper beeding, and had straight pellets (probably rabbit) in there, but he had no junk stuff. He even had a glass water bottle set on the cage for them. We asked the guy if they were male or female and he said one of each. They appeared to be a little fluffed, I think that was due to the heat and no sand bath. After being in the store for about 3-5 minutes we already had sweat dripping off our forehead (yes it was rather warm in there). So we asked him how much he wanted, he told us and we ended up taking them both for about $40 each (after negotiating). I only wanted the male as that is what we have here, but Darren had a point when he asked me "Do you honestly think you can leave her here" and of course I said "NO" so they both left with us. We got them home and placed them in the smaller of the 2 cages Darren had built. Darren brought home some benebac for the orphaned newborn kittens that we seem to get alot of lately, so I gave some to each of the 2 new chinnies and weighed them. Yesterday they both weighed in at 188g, and I will weigh them again tomorrow or the next day, I will continue to weigh them about every 2-3 days to ensure they are gaining. I don't know if they will make it, but we couldn't leave them there. They are both standard's and if they make it past the isolation period then we will introduce the male to Chino and Bacio and place him with them. Eventually we will get another female to keep her company as well. We haven't named them yet, because I am just too scared to do that at this time, but with fingers
crossed I have hope that they will be fine and then we can find them the names that fit. Chinnies are very new to Italy and although this guy had them in a decent cage, along with proper beeding and okay pellets they just still aren't educated enough about the temperatures that chinnies must live in, along with other things to look out for. So please everyone send these 2 little chinnies your prayers and thoughts and maybe with all the vibes coming through they will make it and be a permanent forever part of our family.
Sometimes I shake my head at all the animals we rescue wondering if they will make it or not, but ya know I don't regret what we do, because I know even if the animals we rescue don't make it they are better off here having the chance at a normal life than in their previous living conditions. I don't know if you can call buying these 2 or the other 2 (that didn't make it) a rescue but in my eyes it is, because they probably wouldn't of made it otherwise