NOTE: Hamsters’ gestation period (pagbubuntis ) is 16 days (6-12 is the normal number of pups per litter); average lifespan, between 2 and 3 years.
(‘By batch’ sila kung dumating, kaya ‘by batch’ din sila kung lumisan. )
My nine living hammies.
How are my 9 hammies doin’? (a rundown):
Panapanagang (1 year 9 months 22 days). The elders (Hamsters are already considered seniors when they reached their 18th month).
Mochawonka (♂). Eldest male, therefore the family chief. He’s gaining weight lately. The Hall (made available to all members as a hammy-gym) was reserved for him from 6 to 7 am, and most of the evening hours.
Mochahontas (♀). Grumpy grandma’s bites are not that ‘nasty’ anymore. (Obviously, the “Lola” had passed on some of her temperament trait to granddaughter Syma!)
Isnohontas (♀). To both humans and fellow-hamsters, the peace-loving momma remains the most amiable of all. She’s been spending most of her time sleeping, but insists on getting out of her cage when awake.
PanapanaIIgang (1 year 7 months 22 days). The new oldies are only 60 days younger than their parents, Mochawonka and Isnohontas.
Wigwam (♂). Still young-looking. Always wary and suspicious, ready to bite (not so hard – “nip” is more appropriate) if handled against his will. Very responsive to odors of his kind – male’s musk makes him gnash his teeth, female’s scent excites him so easily (this behavior is typical).
Teepee (♀). Ispidbol’s widow has a cyclical mood shift. Shows hostility toward her fellow-hammies except when she is in heat. The most vocally expressive among them.
Boolagang (1 year 4 months 16 days). Two of the three surviving male offspring of Mochahontas (A third white male named “Hamty” is still living with his foster owner). These two ‘boolaboys’ are the new ‘record-holders’ (you may want to check this out – The Lupindilayks).
Bebong II (♂) and Berio II (♂). The ‘Dugyot’ (unGroomed) Brothers are the most hyperactive. Physical growth seems retarded. Sharing cage, still no sign of serious fight or struggle… just like that – carrot- and wheel-olympics (see video).
Chochobebes (1 year 1 month 17 days). The offspring of the late Isnobol. My youngest hammies have reached their ‘midlife’ last month (June 4).
Syma (♀). The once-bitey hamster has been learning to deal with humans. Meticulous regarding her food and toilet habits. Active in the first few hours after midnight, making all sorts of noise when I and my wife are about to sleep.
Amboy (♂) shifted his daily sleep-and-wake schedule. At about 12 noon everyday (when all other hamsters are sound asleep), the once-thin and timid little hammy is persistent to leave his cage for a four-hour ‘workout’ in The Hall. The fact is, he is right… he’s quite big now for his homecage wheel.
Quite similar to linked cabs on a subway rail? — passing so swiftly, coming and going in quick succession (s’ensya na sa ni-sampol kong tweyn… ‘indi ako makaluwas para manyut sa MRT eh).
IT’S JOKE TIME!
On the first day God created the dog. God said, “You will look after the man’s house, you will be his best friend, you will eat whatever they give you! Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will give you a life span of twenty years.”
The dog said, “That’s too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten.” So God agreed.
On the second day God created the monkey. God said, “You will jump from branch to branch, you will do silly things, you will be amusing! Entertain people, do monkey tricks, make them laugh. I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.”
The monkey said, “How boring! Monkey tricks for twenty years? I don’t think so. Dog gave you back ten, so that’s what I’ll do too, okay?” And God agreed.
On the third day God created the cow. God said, “You will work tireless from sun up to sun down, carrying heavy bags on your back, you’ll eat grass, you will not have intelligence! You must go to the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer. I will give you a life span of sixty years.”
The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. Let me have twenty and I’ll give back the other forty.” And God agreed again.
On the fourth day God created man. God said, “You will be the only rational being on this earth, you will use your intelligence to control other animals, you will dominate the world! Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. I’ll give you twenty years.”
Man said, “What? Only twenty years! I tell you what: I’ll take my twenty, and the forty the cow gave back and the ten the monkey gave back and the ten the dog gave back, that makes eighty, okay?”
“Okay,” said God, “We’’ve got a deal.”
So that is why…………..
For the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play, and enjoy ourselves;
for the next forty years we slave in the sun, working and carrying the load on our backs to support our family;
for the next ten years we keep jumping from one child’s house into another, doing silly things to entertain the grandchildren;
and for the last ten years we look after the house, eat whatever is given to us, and sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
“Life is like a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish. But you can only spend it once.”