One and a dozen

This link will show you the ancestral lines of the 13 living hamsters now under my care: Hamster family members

You may ask: “Why so many?”

Since the beginning, I do not intend to keep more than a dozen. Four is ideal, or six maybe, especially for such solitary creatures that need to be caged separately. That means if you have twelve Syrian hamsters, you need twelve individual cages. *gasp!*

Hamsters multiply at a very fast rate (buti pa sila). A female can give birth to an average of six to eight babies after only 16 days of pregnancy (sana kami ni misis ganun din).😆 To prevent a possible complete “hamster takeover” of my house, I have chosen to give each of my female hamster only one chance of producing a litter. By the way, I am proud to tell you that my hamsters, male or female, are all monogamous. Walang kabit, walang sabit.

Kaya kayo mga ineng: huwag kayong basta pabobola sa mga ‘boys’ at baka me asa-asawa na ang mga iyan. Kilatisin nyo baka BARAKO lang yan sa unang tingin, pero sa pagiging asawa at ama ay isa palang BADING. Pagpapalahian lang kayo, kawawa naman ang mga magiging anak nyo. Hanap kayo ng tulad ng tatay ko na maski lib-in lang sila noon ng nanay ko hanggang makapag-anak ng anim e, solong asawa lang ang nanay ko ng tatay ko.😆 Pero sa inyong mga nagli-live-in at sigurado na, ano pa bang hinihintay nyo. Me libre namang mass wedding kung ayaw nyo gumastos. Masaya pa dahil marami kayo.

Nalayo na naman tayo ano? Nabanggit kasi yung kabit e. Sayang naman kung hindi pa makakapagsermon aheheh. Okey balik tayo sa daga:

[To my readers who don’t understand Tagalog: the words in italics above is a Filipino “joke” (tsk tsk tsk) and will lose its ‘humor’ if translated in English… my apologies.]

I also give away hamsters for free, keeping only one or two from a new litter for me. My only requirement for prospective pet-owners is a safe and decent cage that is especially designed for hamsters, with an exercise wheel and a drinking bottle. There are a lot to chose from in almost all pets shops locally.

But sometimes, some people who have made ‘reservations’ don’t want to take the cost of buying a cage. In such cases I am always firm: NO cage, NO hamster. If they just want a toy for their kids, I discourage them from owning any pet. Pets are not toys… they are living animals.

Now you know why I’ve got thirteen hamsters.

Here they are, grouped according to their respective litters. Their ages as of this date are also indicated. All the photos are ‘clickable’ and will link you directly to my flickr photos.

The CHIAROSCUROGANG (age: 1 year 7 months 20 days)

The senior citizens. These three are the oldest in the family. They belong to the 4th generation. They are the litters of Blakdyak and Snow White (both departed).

Isnowitwit (♀)

Isnowitwit Kotonbol (Snowitwit Cottonball) ♀

Isnobol (♂)

Isnobol (Snowball) ♂

Ispidbol (♂)

Ispidbol (Speedball) ♂

The PANAPANAGANG (age: 1 year 1 month 16 days)

The mid-lifers, more or less. These three are the litters of Isnowitwit and the late Arrow.

Mochahontas (♀)

Mochahontas

Mochawonka (♂)

Mochawonka ♂ “the wiggler”

Isnohontas (♀)

Isnohontas Kotonbol (Snowhontas Cottonball) ♀

The PANAPANA-II-GANG (age: 11 months 16 days)

The unexpected fraternal twin. This litter was unplanned and unexpected. The Panapanagang were not separated until after more than 40 days from their birth enabling the mating of the young siblings Mochawonka and Isnohontas. Only two (2) of the resulting six (6) pups survived, the other four died upon falling on the cold and damp bottom of the cage at birth. I didn’t know their mother was pregnant until I just heard squeaking inside the cage.

Wigwam (♂)

Wigwam Wigglerson ♂ (son of Mochawonka ‘the wiggler’) is the husband of Beria-girdel (deceased).

Teepee (♀)

Teepee Pompom ♀ is the wife of Ispidbol. The couple are unable to sire on their first and second mating. After what happened to Beria-girdel, I didn’t aim for a third.

The BOOLAGANG (age: 8 months 9 days)

The posthumous litter. These three, along with three others including the late Beria-girdel, were born 11 days after their father Berio died. Mochahontas is their mother.

Bebong II (♂) & Berio II (♂)

Bebong II ♂ and Berio II ♂ are still sharing a common cage as to this date — quite remarkable for Syrian hamsters.

Bebang-girdel (♀)

Bebang-girdel ♀ is the laziest and drowsiest of all the family members. When awake, her habit, beside eating and grooming, is stretching and yawning. Mahihiya si Garfield.

The CHOCHOBEBES (age: 5 months 10 days)

The returning litter. These are the surviving litter of Chocho, a female who was given for adoption. When their mother died, Syma and Amboy were sent back to us. Isnobol is their father.

Syma (♀)

Syma ♀ is so far the grumpiest hamster in the family. She’s so ‘bitey’ nobody can handle her. It’s a real challenge to tame her, and I am optimistic about it.

Amboy (♂)Amboy (♂), his other side

Amboy ♂ is the youngest of all — the thirteenth hamster, so to speak. He was a candidate for adoption. But his physical condition the day he and her elder sister came back made me change my mind. He was then so small and skinny, nervous due to Syma continually harassing him. (Have you tried clicking on his smaller photo?)

That’s right… Amboy is a one-eye-blind hamster. This is probably(?) an injury inflicted by his sister when they were yet still babies.

And like what I was always saying: the smallest and the weakest always get most of my care and attention. The 13th hamster is now the first.

Swerte pala ang pang-trese??? 😐 😦 😥 😕 😮 😡 🙄 8) 🙂 😀 😛 😉 😆 Acheche…! Dyoks lang syempre. … See you next week!

Next: “Pamana ng isang DAGA” — Bitoy’s Legacy (November 21)

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  1. wow. cute naman po ng mga hamsters…
    Godbless!!

    homebodyhubby: salamat ginoong lapis🙂
    sa tunog ng apelyido mo, kung hindi ka man kamag-anak ni ptr Ed Lapiz, ay isa kang manunulat. pagpatuloy mo lang kapatid. 😉

  2. kahapon ko kasi isinulat ang 5. sa comp lab sa school. e sinuspend na klase. pinalayas na ako sa comp lab. wala ring nets sa bahay. kaya ayun. wala na rin akong masulat. hehehe. meron pa yun siyempre.

    homebodyhubby: ay ganun ba? tama ako napaaga nga lang ang kumento ko hehe. akala ko kasi wala ka lang sa mood. ganun naman talaga ang artist o writer e. pag wala sa mood hindi makalikha. pero buti na lang marami nets dyan sa paligid. panahon na lang sa pagsusulat ang babalansihin. lalo sa kaso mo nag-aaral. sana magkaroon na kayo ng nets sa bahay maski dial-up lang🙂 …regards na lang ke Lola 😀

  3. hmmm..yung inalagaan naming hamsters dati eh umabot ng 30+ dahil sila sila ay nagyayarian..pero hindi syrian hamsters yun eh..siguro local lang kaya medyo iba yung itsura dyan sa mga alaga mo.

    maswerte yung mga hamsters mo kasi ikaw amo nila.

    homebodyhubby: ganun ba hehe. ngayon lang siguro dahil ako’y nasa bahay lang. nung empleyado pa ako maaga ring namamatay ang mga hamster ko… Syrian ang alam kung pinaka-lokal at popular na hamster. baka siberian or any dwarf hamster yung mga alaga nyo nun ‘mas imported’ at mahal ang mga yun. yung inbreeding hindi rin pala advisable kelan ko lang nabasa.

  4. gusto ko talaga ng mga hamsters pero wala talaga akong tiyaga mag-alaga ng kahit anong hayop.

    homebodyhubby: talaga ha!? hehe pede ka naman mag-hire ng tagapag-alaga. karaming nars at care-giver ngayon na hindi makapag-abroad ahehe.
    thanks for visiting “iskulmeyt” 😉

  5. Hello bro!ok ah dami mo kahayupan sa Blog mo!alaga mo ba lahat yang mga kadagaan na yan?siguro wala ng cats sa inyo kasi dami ka rats eh!hehehehe joke!pahinge naman isang mouse para may kalaro yung cat ko sa house!

    homebodyhubby: waw i like the word: “kahayupan” 😆 oo… sis, anak ko lahat yan. sige pag nanganak ule bigyan kita maski sandosena. pero humanda ka na rin mawalan ng pusa. dahil ang aking mga daga lumalapang ng pusa. ahehe

    hindi ko alam kung saan ang site mo kasi hindi ‘clickable’ ang name mo. pero mukhang lam ko kung san ka galing — kita ko sa dashboard ko 😉

  6. cool hamsters. bad thing i am not an animal lover. pero cute sila.

    homebodyhubby: bad thing? not really “bad” ‘tol.
    …hindi ka naman siguro animal hater.🙂
    ganito talaga minsan ang walang ‘kids’ sa bahay — nawiwili sa pets hehehe. maraming naa-attract na mga bata sa kapitbahay ang mga hamster na ito para pumunta dito sa bahay kaya para na rin kaming maraming ‘kids’ ni misis. 😆

  7. ang cute nman nila… sau ba yun lhat??? du u collect dem???

    homebodyhubby: thank you iha😀
    oo sa amin ni misis ko lahat yan!

    sa aming bahay wala maski isang bata,
    kaya magparami na lang ng mga daga. 😉

  8. heheh 13 pala silang lahat… ang pinakacute para sakin si syma.. asstteegg!! hehehe..😀
    wag u na ipaampon si amboy. Baka pati isang mata nyan mabulag pag pinaampon mo pa..

    homebodyhubby: hehe… bakit naman si Syma pa? 😆
    matigas ulo yan, pero ngayon medyo napapabait-bait ko na…
    si Amboy, oo di ko na ipaampon… medyo tumaba na ngayon pero me pagka-nerbyoso pa rin.

    sa Dec 28 ang post ko sa dalawang bunsong yan.

  9. ako mas gus2 ko din mag alaga nung may “defect” kumbaga. kc mas espesyal di ba.
    c kimchy ko (dog), sabi ni vet, abnormal daw usli ng nguso nya kaya hirap xa kumain lalong hirap uminom kc lubog na nguso nya sa inuman di p sayad dila nya😀 sabi ko nga, aapply ako pampa brace sa PCSO😀 kaso namatay din xa😦
    c cedie nmn (dog din, spitz) sakang sa harap, pike sa likod😀
    yung pusakal ko now na inampon ko galing sa barangay, may katarata din isang mata😀 (nagwen2 na naman😆 )

    kyut ng pic ni mochawonka😉

    homebodyhubby: okey mga ASO mo a?
    si kimchy (ano to korean?), baligtaran ang nguso (bakit naman na-teggy?😦 )… si cedie naman baligtaran ang paa. mahirap yung sa PUSA kasi mata ang pinaka-asset nila.
    gusto mo mag-alaga ng isa pang may diperensya? — akuyun… malaking DAGA.

    kumpleto na yan — aso, pusa, at daga! 😆

    may “mas kyut” na pikyur yang si mochawonka —
    yang tulog ding yan, ibang anggulo lang. :mrgreen: sa flickr…
    click mo yang pikyur na yan, katabi lang nyan. 😛

  10. […] Isnowitwit Kotonbol (25 Mar 2006 – 11 February 2008). SURVIVING KINS IN THIS FAMILY […]

  11. Ayuuun! alam ko na din sa wakas ang history ng iyong happy hamster clan… katuwa foto ni Mochawonka (sarap ng hilata!) current pa din ba yung offer mo to give away hamsters? laging naglalambing anak ko sakin na ibili ko siya ng pet (hindi toy ha!)… and i’m willing to get a decent hamster-friendly cage, shempre🙂

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    Bok: Sayang bok… simula nung isilang ang pinakabatang
    mga hamsters ko (June 2007), hindi muna ako nagpaanak uli, kasi nagiging mahina na (daw) ang naturalesa pag ilang saling-lahi nang sila-sila lang ang nag-aasawahan.
    Nuong kasagsagan ng anakan,😆 talagang isinasabay na naming dalhin ni misis sa pagluwas ng Maynila kapag may mga humihinging taga-dyan.

    Bili ka na lang sa pet shop, bok🙂 … makakapamili ka na ng may mas magagandang kulay, mas malaki pa ang tsansang mga unang generasyon pa lang. Siguro below P100 ang isa nyan; nuon kasi P160 ang isang paris ng teddy bear (Syrian) hamsters. Mas mahal pa nga yung cage…

    Maganda yung nabiling cage ni ‘minyang’, eto o:

    Hamsters ni Bentong ni ‘mine’

    Sa petshop, malulula ka sa dami pa ng pamimilian. 😛

    May mga species na mas cute at mas sociable at tumatagal na magkasama sa iisang cage:

    Dwarf hamsters

    Sobrang liit nga lang… sa mga local na petshops, minsan may matetyempuhan kang yung tinatawag nilang “Siberian” dwarfs.

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    added August 01 —

    Nung grade VI, nag-alaga ako ng guinea pigs… consider mo rin. ‘sama mo kaya si dawter sa petshop (ahehe, baka magtuturo lang ng ‘bilmoko-nun’ ) — baka mas magustuhan pag nakita.

    Mas “cuddly” kasi mas malaki at sociable sa tao at kapwa pets. Mukhang hindi rin basta ka-kana-in ng pusa dahil mas malaki nang kaunti kaysa hamsters (pero bantayan mo rin, hehe). Longer din ang lifespan — double or triple that of hamsters.

    Kaya lang mas mahal, mas malakas kumain, saka medyo maingay pag gutom (wik, wik, wik! ‘eka).😆 Sa mga bata,
    yung sound nila, nakakatuwa pa nga.

    ~ 2 months pregnancy; 2-4 pups average per litter pag nanganak. At yung beybis, tumatakbo at nagwi- “wik-wik”
    na agad maski kapapanganak pa lang. 🙂

  12. nakow, sayang… magandang lahi pa naman yung mga hamsters mo — artistic at talented to the max…

    di bale, ispatan ko na lang yung mga commercial hamsters🙂

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    Bok: Hehehe, ‘ala daw sa artista yun eh — nasa direktor? 😆

    Mukhang talaga mas kursunada ni dawter mo ang hamster a… Sige, bok. Tip lang pag bibili ka, huwag yung masyado bata pa — mga more than five or six weeks old, pede na yun. 🙂

  13. […] 13 were left to be seen “on-live” in my posts. […]

  14. […] 13 were left to be seen “on-live” in my posts. […]

  15. […] Eight out of the thirteen (7 from the 4th to 5th generations) passed-away since February last year. […]

  16. […] Sabagay, bakit ko pa ba kelangang magdagdag ng populasyon ng mga daga? Kahirap namang mag-family planning, ay di mag-adopt na lang nung mga nandyan na na nangangailangan ng pagkalinga.🙂 Ang tutuo nyan, wala naman ni isa akong hamster na isinilang sa panahon ng Blogada,
    di ba? […]

  17. […] Sa 13 blog hamsters na ipinakilala ko, sina Syma at Amboy ang pinakabata; sa kasalukuyan silang dalawa na lang ang tanging nabubuhay pa.

    Edad nila ngayon: 27 mos and 3 das (katumbas ng mahigit 80-anyos sa tao). […]

  18. ————————
    Doray Daga
    13 were left to be seen “on-live” in MpsD posts.

  19. ————————
    Doray Daga
    Nov 14 – Rundown: 1 + 1 dozen
    – Isnowitwit & Isnobol • Ispidbol
    – Mochawonka + Isnohontas • Mochahontas
    – Wigwam & Teepee
    – Boolaboys Bebong & Berio • Boolagirl Bebang
    – The Chochobebes : Syma • Amboy

  20. Bakit po ba namamatay ang syrian hamster. Meron po butas sa bandang pwet nya and natangas ung konting balahibo nya. Alam nyo po ba kung anu dahilan nun or kumagat. ?need help pls.
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    Sori ha, late ko na nakita comment mo.

    Kung hindi nakagat ng kapwa-nya hamster (dapat isang hamster lang kada isang kulungan pag hindi na dumedede sa nanay nila) malamang wet tail. ← (click mo)

    May references re hamster care dyan sa sidebar sa kanan (yung mga books), click mo lang.


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