Etymology of name: Symantec, a PC antivirus software
Color: banded orange
Generation: 5th (paternal line) ; 7th (maternal line)
Litter group: Chochobebes, the mother-orphaned litter
Daughter: Doray Daga (adopted)
Lifespan: 27 months 18 days
Cause of death: Old age
Grumpy no more. Last scene’s location: dock and staircase
Traits and characteristics: Independent, has a tendency to ‘sulk’ but very responsive to our calls. Mid- to late-afternoon was her turn to go out, a demand she announces (later in life) by the noise she makes waggling her cage’s ladder. Outside these hours, she prefers to stay in her sleeping spot or hidden under the shadows. She likes to tread on her wheel in the evening but immediately stops and hides again when the house lights are turned on.
As a young hammie, Syma was my most unfriendly. She cannot be handled except by the loose skin at the back of her neck, where she showed her protest by the violent kicks of her hind legs… She’s mellower when she grew up.
One of her habits was to nibble her food during our routine cleanup of their cages in the evening. More often than not, we have to wait for her to finish her business — She’s not that bitey anymore, but she’ll ‘chase’ to nip our hands if we take her leftover foods or touch her bedding or anything inside her cage.
On the whole, she became more accustomed to our handling. The presence of fellow hamsters nearby (including Amboy) didn’t seem to bother her anymore.
Their is an apparent link or connection between sex/gender and life span: Females, even those I never allowed to breed, lived much shorter than males. Syma was the last female descendant of the first pair. At 841 days, she lived the longest among all my female hammies.
LIVING MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY
1. Doray daga