Help? I don't understand my girls' behavior.
My glider Belldandy is eight months old. I brought her home four months ago and we've already bonded extremely well. Yet I couldn't spend as much time with her as I used to, so two weeks ago I brought home a new baby girl--Penelo, two months old--to keep Bell company. The two couldn't be any more different in personality. Belldandy is very sweet and curious and somewhat shy. Penelo is fiesty, quick, extremely intelligent and needs a serious attitude adjustment. I keep the girls separate because Penelo tried to attack Bell when I introduced them, but each day I scoot their cages an inch closer to each other. Now this is what I don't understand. A week ago I began waking up to Bell talking to Penelo. She will bark once and then hiss once or twice, slowly. She will repeat this a few times, but Penelo ignores her. A few hours later Penelo will begin barking, quick annoying barks, but never while looking in Belldandy's direction. After a week's worth of sleep interrupted by this, I took this as a somewhat good sign and inched the cages closer, now an inch apart. However, Bell started lunging at Penelo while crabbing, and Penelo just sat there shaking. I immediately pulled the cages two inches apart. Bell then calmed down, barked, and began to hiss again, and Penelo, instantly recovered and now playing with toys, ignored her.
What in the world does this mean?