Baog na daga

NOTE: Gusto kong ipaalala yung unang post ko kaninang umaga — Si Lolo at si Lola baka lang hindi nyo pa nababasa. May pikyur duon ng “taong-bundok” 😀

Ispidbol (♂)

One may consider Ispidbol (Speedball) as a sterile hamster. But this is far from the truth.

Technically speaking, neither Ispidbol nor Teepee (his wife) is infertile or sterile. They just failed to sire offspring on their first and second matings — and that I decided to stop aiming further for a third. The reasons may be as simple as to control my hamsters’ birth rate, to as much complex a reason unknown to non-hammie-lovers. That is what I am going to talk about.

I read from my internet surfing that in-breeding, or mating closely related individuals (maski pala sa hayop) is not advisable. Babies are more likely to die young immediately after birth resulting to less number per litter. Resulting breeds tend to be less smart (daw), smaller, have ‘undesirable’ physical appearance, sickly and have a shorter lifespan. This I learned just recently — after breeding up to almost the 7th generation!

Well… Less number per litter may be an advantage considering their fast population growth. But the poor babies who die… never mind the ‘advantage’; I have to stay away from ‘impractical breeding’.

One hamster expert in flickr commented that it is even possible for unborn babies “being absorbed back into their mother whilst they are still in the womb” (this is her exact words). Meron palang ganun?

Yes, I think this is true. Because I remember Teepee’s tummy has grown big on her second mating with Ispidbol. Obviously she was pregnant. Sixteen days had passed but no sign of babies nor blood. Her tummy just went back to its normal size after a few days. Ibang klase! But I am happy she didn’t die like the elder Beria and the younger Beria-girdel.

Considering their skills and talents, I can say that my hammies are all smart, tamable, and trainable. Not one is a moron or retarded. It’s just that I see the “pay-offs” of in-breeding in the smaller body-built and the not-so-good fur coats of most of my long-haired males. But whatever, I love all my hamsters, of course.

Incidence of illness, I think, is a matter of how you foresee the possibility of it and how you respond quickly to it just in case it strikes. Lifespan? It’s just the same — two years on the average — just the same as when I had started caring for this family since 2003. But anyway, I learned a lot. This time I have to breed very carefully.

So what is my declaration? Ispidbol is not sterile! No, not even his wife. 😀 Walang baog sa daga ko, ‘no!

Okey. Watch Ispidbol’s video. Yun malimit na “ahehe” ko wag kayo mapikon. Hintayin nyo sa huling part nitong video kung ano sound ng “ahehe” na yun. Ahehe!

Ispidbol in “Bulwagang Bitoy” (Bitoy Hall, 31 Oct 2007)

Ispidbol is a fourth generation hamster. He is the current occupant and steward of the Bulwagang Bitoy. 😆 He is so far the only tenant who does not chew the woodwork of the Hall.

Ispidbol’s the most “nosey” of all my hammies. When I hold him close to my face, he stretches his body to smell my nose. Kung minsan nga didilaan pa.

In his ‘golden days’, Ispidbol is still enjoying an active retirement.

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Si Lolo at si Lola

Walang PINOY dito sa ‘Pinas na hindi alam ang kantang ito:

“Lo…!

Mabuti pa kayo… ni Lola! ♫

Namulat sa matitinong bisyo…!” ♪

Isa yan sa mga nag-hit na reggae ni Joey Formaran, ang singer na mas kilala sa pangalang “Blakdyak.”

Hindi niya ako fan, naalala ko lang — Kasi mga hamsters kong senior citizen ang kwento ko ngayon, at nagkataon pa na ang mga dagang ito ay anak ng namayapang HAMSTER ko na pinangalanan kong BLAKDYAK.

Tatlo ang matatandang hamsters ko dito ngayon: sina Isnowitwit, Isnobol at Ispidbol. Pero for a special feature, next post na lang ang BUNSONG LOLONG si Ispidbol. Bago malagas ang dahon ng araw na ito sa kalendaryo, lalabas yan ngayon, mamayang gabi siguro…

Minwayl, yung kambal muna ang ikukwento ko — isang lolo at isang lola, pero hindi mag-asawa. Pareho na silang byudo at byuda.

Granduncle in “Bahay ng mga Kuya” (25 Nov 2007)

The hamster is Isnobol (Snowball). The homecage was named after the Harurendilayk brothers Blakdyak, Bebong and Bugoy. The noisy wheel (yung parang gulong ng pison) was named “Arrowangkada”, after Arrow, the late husband of Isnowitwit.

Isnobol is my most patient hamster. He can be handled in almost any way. Maski lapirutin mo pagmumukha pag hawak mo, hindi nagpipilit kumawala, hindi nangangagat.

Grandma in hamster playpen (22 Nov 2007)

The hamster is Isnowitwit Kotonbol (Snowitwit Cottonball) in the unfinished hamster playpen. She was named so because she was round and fluffy when she was young.

In her senior days, Isnowitwit is still active and strong. She is, in fact a great grandma already. My youngest hamsters Syma and Amboy are her great-grand-offspring.

Parehong puti ang buhok ng dalawang matandang yan, pero hindi uban. Talagang puti na sila maski nung mga beybi pa — albino hamsters kasi, ahehe.

🙂 😀 😆

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