I FOUND A REALLY NARROW LONG CARDBOARD TUBE YESTERDAY... I'm not sure exactly what where this originated from but I'd assume it was some sort of clingfilm or something like that. The diameter is slightly under 2cm wide or just over half an inch wide. It's so tiny that when I pick up Baby Itchy and say, "Come on you Bunnyhopper; hop inside!" and she does, scurrying end to end unless something in the middle grabs her attention (though I cannot for the life of me imagine WHAT?!? she appears at the other side and sticks just her head out which looks so entertaining. Then she bunnyhops out and I point her back in the tube and do the right thing, which involves kind of squeezing her body slightly which makes her bunnyhop back inside and out she appears at the other end - it is like a Roborovski magic wand! Occasionally she panicks, rambles the entire length, is maybe put off by my incessant cooing and does a quick reverse (it is too narrow even for a roborovski to turn around in and so she must simply scoot backwards) out she appears all ungainly and undignified, all backbrushed fur looking really entertaining like a powderpuffed sandy vole...
I managed to coax Bashful inside but she got all nervous and stalled midway through for over half an hour. Never made it all the way inside and reversed out again . Then she stood on her haunches, peering at me superciliously as if to declare "you think I'm stupid enough to fall for all your tricks; I'm not like that Baby Itchy, you know".
Poor Baby Itchy, being the tiniest and the tamest does all the tricks. (Actually the magic wand trick is the only trick she will do, but it does look entertaining with her bunnyhopping in and out and looking so surprised as she emerges as baby rodents are so apt to do...)
Spherical I got to walk on my hands yesterday but she still doesn't like me.
This occurred as they were housemoving back from their holiday gite to their ordinary fishtank. They're only allowed in the gite (which comes complete with turret) at weekends when my landlord is far away from our building as I wouldn't trust him not to knock their gite open or deliberately kick at it even...
Their "granary" came with them. This is a small cardboard box stuffed to the brim with hamster cottonwool style bedding complete with a pair of nibbled holes for entry and exit (this is the box I had to enlarge when Bashful packed her pouches to extremely she was literally globular and could not fit through the chewed out front door. Imagine coming home so laden down with shopping you couldn't fit in your house. So what do you do but start rabidly nibbling your way in! Hamsters are funny creatures, to be sure... It is so full of seeds it's literally weighed down. I can't usually tell by weight alone whether it's just seeds or there's hamsters in there, it weighs so very much...
This is the box that when I put wild bird seed down they go mental stuffing their faces... only for an entire handful (which is a lot for three thumb-length gremlins) to demolish down... Only in deep privacy or when they're convinced nobody sees them do they ever disgorge their pouches. They do this by pressing the sides of their face with the front poors (oops! paws!!) In a quarter of an hour they can easily stash between the three of them as much grain as they physically weigh between themselves. I find it odd that between them they've decided that this box should be their granary. And none sleeps there, except for Spherical, occasionally. Because she is top-peck and most superior...
Righty-ho that's my roborovskery for the day. Take care folks!
Australian Animal Bloopers - yes the last one really is a dreaded REDBACK toilet seat jumping, arse-biting spider!
An itchy and a burrowing robohammy
Cute robohammy clambering all over hand
Blog of the day:
Response Plod http://responseplod.blogspot.com
A British policeman's (so it seems) blog...
Photo of the day - daddy and little boy - click here to see it.
from Jonathan and Melissa Baird's blog
Photo Blog of the day - another Finnish blog. I keep coming across this lady's lakes and forests "avatar" amongst comments as I spread my bloghopping tendrils far and wide...
Joensuu Eastern Finland Daily Photo Blog http://joensuudailyphoto.blogspot.com
Travel/tourism blog of the day
Portuguese Man of War http://portuguesemanofwar.blogspot.com - well worth a look for the current post - all pixx of wine and cheeses and the gorgeous Portuguese countryside and Atlantic coast...
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