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I have 10 degus :( 4 boys and six girls. First I had gotten 2 a male and female and then they had babies and right after they had babies the momma go pregnant again and now she has 8 babies. I wanna get rid of them ASAP even the parents. Anyone wanna take them off my hands?

I live in dothan, AL
 

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you need to seprate the females from the males or they will just contineau to reproduce :(
 

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Try your local classifieds or small animal rescue. Degu's require more advanced care than a hamster or rat no? You might have to scope out a specialized trader in order for them to go to homes that know them.
 

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Sorry but I let them all go into the wild. I know that they would be happier there. :)
I'm hoping this is a joke and you're just a troll (since these are your only posts).

If not, what you did was not only illegal but a terrible idea for both the degus and your local environment. People like you are why degus are illegal in many states :(.
 

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I don't think it was Sasami. I had PMed her because I was interested in two females, since I was so close. She had told me the same thing. :(
 

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Sorry but I let them all go into the wild. I know that they would be happier there. :)
This is the cruelest thing I've read on here in a long time. Domestic animals in the wild are NOT "happier". They're not even happy. They're cold, starving, and scared, right up until they're killed by some other animal, die of disease, or run out into the road or one of the many thousands of other dangers in the wild which they're unequipped to deal with because they've been living in a house.

Shame on you.
 

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"I'm sorry, I got degus because I thought they were exotic and cool, but didn't think it worth my time to educate myself on keeping them. Now I'm bored with them, and have let them breed carelessly. So you know what, instead of giving a rip, I'm going to ask for help to say I 'tried' and then I'll toss them outside with the trash because I don't even have enough sense of responsibility to give them time to find a home or even the guts to at least kill them with my own two hands so they don't suffer. And hey, if they survive, what does it matter that they could be destructive to the local environment. It's a happy ending because I say so."


I haven't been this furious in a long while. I'm not a person who anthropomorphizes animals or even necessarily always considers it wrong to euthanize animals for reasons other than to end suffering. But this whole thing shows a total lack of any level of ethical stewardship of animals.

Do yourself and everyone a favor. If you chose to continue to be this kind of animal owner, than never own an animal again.

I know I've probably just broken every rule of the forum by posting this. I'm not going to view or post in this thread again.
 

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Apparently none of you understand. The police of my town said it was ok. I spent months finding them a home and I loved them. AND YES THEY DO ENJOY BEING MORE FREE THAN BE CAGED UP FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES!!! IT IS LIKE BEING IN JAIL. I LOVE animals you don't even know how much i love them. I can own animals if i want. who are you to judge me when I did NOTHING wrong. They are fine I still see them where I let them go and i see them eating food!! Get a life and quit commenting things that you don't even know what you are talking about! DO you even know what troll means. Do everyone a favor and get a life!!
 

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Apparently none of you understand. The police of my town said it was ok. I spent months finding them a home and I loved them. AND YES THEY DO ENJOY BEING MORE FREE THAN BE CAGED UP FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES!!! IT IS LIKE BEING IN JAIL. I LOVE animals you don't even know how much i love them. I can own animals if i want. who are you to judge me when I did NOTHING wrong. They are fine I still see them where I let them go and i see them eating food!! Get a life and quit commenting things that you don't even know what you are talking about! DO you even know what troll means. Do everyone a favor and get a life!!
The police in your town are idiots if they said that. Animal Control picks up domestic animals here ALL the time. I work with an exotic rescue. The last degu they picked up out of the wild was almost dead from giardi and had been attacked by a cat. In our state, it's actually illegal to abandon your pets "into the wild".

How awful.
 

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Well do you live in ALABAMA?!?!?! I dont think so. and get over it!! ITS DONE! I don't care what you say
 

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oh, I see. okay. I will get a life. Thanks for your thoughtful suggestion. See, if I didn't have a life I would release my pets into the wild and watch them suffer. I do not cage my animals, they live in my house free roam. I guess I don't love them then. Ah, you are right. You must know bc YOU love animals. I have no time for this. I know what the stereotype for Alabama is too, but I won't go there, Troll.
 

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Well do you live in ALABAMA?!?!?! I dont think so. and get over it!! ITS DONE! I don't care what you say
I don't live there, but I am literate, and when I visited there Alabama hadn't magically lost it's weather, predators, and diseases. From Alabama state law:

"§ 13A-11-14. Cruelty to Animals.


(a) A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if, except as otherwise authorized by law, he intentionally or recklessly:

(1) Subjects any animal to cruel mistreatment; or

(2) Subjects any animal in his custody to cruel neglect; or

(3) Kills or injures without good cause any animal belonging to another.

(b) Cruelty to animals is a Class B misdemeanor.

From definitions in the next paragraph:
(b) The word "cruel" as used in this article shall mean: Every act, omission, or neglect, including abandonment, where unnecessary or unjustifiable pain or suffering, including abandonment, is caused or where unnecessary pain or suffering is allowed to continue."

You abandoned your degus. So sorry, even if the dumb cops in your town said it was fine, it's still against the law, and still legally defined as cruelty.
 

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You might not care what anyone here has to say but this is a direct quote from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website...

Never release animals or plants (e.g., aquarium species, bait, pets, hunting dogs, or water garden plants) into the wild unless you release them into the same waterbody or location where the species came from.
http://www.outdooralabama.com/education/generalinfo/ans/ansguide.cfm

If you really called the police and they told you it was okay to release them, they where wrong. Degus are, in the wild, found in Chile. That's a far cry from Alabama. I doubt that will survive long in the wild on their own. If you really love them, the best thing you could do for them now would be to try to catch them (since you say you see them) and find them a new home where they will be cared for.
 

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I really dont have time for this and I KNOW they are happy so just get over it. I am done here!
 

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"I KNOW they are happy". Quite immature of you. I completely realize that keeping animals in cages is wrong, however, I'm afraid those unfortunate degus might be dead by now. Because they've been bred and raised in captivity. I take my rats out sometimes. They don't ever want to be left somewhere without me being next to them, or holding them. They're scared of everything, the sounds, the birds, the smell of other animals. This is how your former pets were when you released them-if you did, 'cause chances are you're just a troll.
 
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