First cousins

The third generations (two groups) exhibited all what I supposed to be the only five possible fur color and pattern that could be expected (considering the color pattern of the first ancestral pair) — black, brown, white, banded black and banded brown.


See “Mochabebes”

2005-01-15 (Warwikgang)

These are the eight offspring of Faramir and Warwik at 33 days during their first day outside their litter cage for an ‘excursion’ in the Hall. The three boys, whom I later named collectively as the Harurendilayk, were shown here: Bebong (banded brown) and Bugoy (banded black) under the wheel, and Blakdyak, the black one at the back of the wheel. (Stitch, a black girl, and other four female whites were given for adoption.)

2005-05-31 (Harurendilayk)2005-05-20 (Harurendilayk)

The Harurendilayk got along well up to more than six months. On their eighth month, they had to be separated because they started to fight one another.

Wall-climbing Karera ng Dagâ” (RODENT-RACE) VIDEO

And the winner is…!???

(Tawa ka d’yan? 😆 …mag-comment kasi kayo!)

This video reminds me of a story of three brothers, where the two elder brothers always ‘conspired’ to bully their youngest skinny brother when they were kids. As they grew up, the vindictive youngest brother sowed hatred in his heart. In time he turned out to be more ‘fortunate’ than the two. He became self-righteous and arrogant, thinking he was the only good and responsible son. He has reached the top — or so he thinks. “Away-bata lang yun, dyunyor…” (This is only another human story anyway, not my hamsters’)

At maturity, Bebong’s eyes differ from each other in color — the right is transparent or crystal red, the left has a deeper color. Bebong was big and strong since young, and obviously an able-bodied fighter, but always stayed out of trouble (because he is so pikon — isn’t that obvious in the previous video?). When he matured he was gentle and relaxed in composure. Yawns a lot… Upon waking up, “wiggles” on his back. During his active hours, ignores the treat in my hand and climbs to my arm instead.

I called Blakdyak the “peek-a-boo” hamster (If you noticed him near the lower left corner in the first part of the video, you know why). Si Blakdyak ang dagang ‘may sariling mundo’… Initially wary but friendly, refusing to be cuddled but doesn’t bite. A late-riser but very active until after two o’clock in the morning. At midlife, he has grown a lot bigger than Bebong.

Bugoy was Faramir’s junior, the smallest but vocal, with the loudest and most pronounced “peet-peet” (echoic) sound. Explorative… hyperactive and very persistent. In the video he was the one who managed to get to the top. Peculiar sleeping habit — awake in the morning until up to 11am. When given a treat, receives it with his teeth, while grasping my fingers with his forepaws.

See “Mochabebes”


Like their predecessors, the third generations passed swiftly before my eyes like a chain of railway cars in a train station. Hamsters are just that — short-lived (2-3 years average lifespan). They come and go, but as the old ones depart, new ones arrive in quick succession (four-day estrus cycle, 16-day pregnancy period, 6-12 babies per litter).

Snow White was the first to go at an early age of 19 months and 17 days due to a neck tumor that seemed to appear only immediately right before her death. Bebang III perished solemnly next at 22 months and 8 days.

A week after Bebang III’s departure, Blakdyak followed at midnight past his second birth date (so he lived 24 months and 1 day). Bebong passed away at age 27 months and 2 days. Sixteen days later, Bugoy followed (27 months and 18 days).

Bugoy, the last one to perish, was the most notable of all. He showed so many similarities with his father Faramir. Bugoy almost died earlier when he got sick simultaneously with his son Berio. His son didn’t make it, but Bugoy recovered and regained his strength to live 37 more days. During that time, he got loose out of his cage one night, passed thru our house door unnoticed, and got outside where stray toms were lurking; fortunately he was timely seen and recovered. He died of old age on the 31st day of March, the same month and date when his old hammy Faramir died a year earlier.

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  1. […] Stitch (a sister to Warwik’s sons Harurendilayk)
    was a 3rd generation hamster. […]

    […] Beria became the wife of Bebong, but the two were not able to sire because like Snowy, Beria had birthing problem. […]

    […] Arrow became the husband of Isnowitwit, sole daughter of Blakdyak and Snow White. […]

  2. […] Berio was a banded black male, son of Bugoy and Bebang III, and belonging to the first litter of the 4th generations. […]

  3. hala ang ku kyuuttt !!! pati ang ganda mo talaga gumawa pati ng hagdan nila 😀 alam mo pa talaga mga birth at death dates nila ah 😀 may data base ka na cguro 😀

    smantlang yung mga ibang tatay pag nag fi fill up ng forms, ni inde alam bdyas ng anak nila lalo na pag mdami 😀

    homebodyhubby: korek ka dyan, me record ako ng
    lahat ng births & deaths nila.

    yang hagdan? …wala pa yan! — tignan mo mga video dito. click mo ito:

    “Mansyon ng daga”

  4. […] Isnowitwit Kotonbol (25 Mar 2006 – 11 February 2008). Parentage: Blakdyak + Snow White […]

  5. […] yung tinutukoy ni Bentong na si Berio ay ang naging resulta ng pag-a-“asawahang” ito nina Bugoy at Bebang III […]

    […] Sina Blakdyak at Snow White naman yan […]

  6. […] Snow White — apo […]

  7. […] Blakdyak (2 years 1 day) departed on the midnight past his birthday (B-day, 2004 Dec 13; D-day, 2006 Dec 14) . […]

    […] Bugoy (2 yrs 3 mos 18 das) passed away on a same month and date (2007 Mar 31), exactly one year after his father Faramir (2 yrs 19 das) did (2006 Mar 31) . […]

  8. […] Natapos naman ang mansyon,
    pero may isa pang building annex na naiwan for renovation — ang Harurendilayk-haus, o ang “Bahay ng mga Kuya” na sina Blakdyak, Bebong (the first) at Bugoy. […]

    […] Naidagdag ang Mochabebes pool na lalagyan ng
    walong-pulgadang lalim (8-inch deep) na bedding material (wood shavings or dustless recycled paper) kung saan ang mga daga ay pwedeng sumisid-sisid at maghukay-hukay. […]

  9. ————————
    Doray Daga
    Blakdyak (2 years 1 day) departed on the midnight past his birthday (B-day, 2004 Dec 13; D-day, 2006 Dec 14).

    Bugoy (2 yrs 3 mos 18 das) died on a same month and
    date (2007 Mar 31), exactly one year after his father Faramir (2 yrs 19 das) did (2006 Mar 31). Bugoy is Faramir’s junior.

  10. ————————
    Doray Daga
    Dec 13 – Faramir and Warwik sired the first litter of the 3rd generation, Warwikgang, which included Stitch and the Harurendilayks — Bebong, Blakdyak, and Bugoy (Faramir Betorogir).

    2005 Jan 29 – Boromir and MsBraun sired Warwikgang’s
    first cousins, the Mochabebes (3rd generation) : Four females where Snow White and Bebang III belong.

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