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2009-09-04-Chochobebes

Amboy ( 2007 Jun 04 — 2009 Oct 02 )

Etymology of name: ‘dagam-boy’ (little male rodent), ‘dagam-bulag’ (blind rodent)

Gender: male

Color: banded brown

Parentage: Isnobol + Chocho

Generation: 5th (paternal line) ; 7th (maternal line)

Litter group: Chochobebes, the mother-orphaned litter

Petmaus friend: DSL

Lifespan: 27 months 28 days

Cause of death: Old age

7 generations

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2009-09-15-Syma

Syma ( 2007 Jun 04 — 2009 Sep 22 )

Etymology of name: Symantec, a PC antivirus software

Alias: “Syma-sungit”

Gender: female

Color: banded orange

Parentage: Isnobol + Chocho

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

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Awol

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Wala na baha sa kalsada!

PaGULONG-gala naman tayu!

Bulag isa mata ko, hindi ako pede magmaneho —

Hahabulin tayo ng heywey batrol. *

Sama ko!

Ako na lang Dorayber nyo!

* hagad na flying squad daga

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Hala!

Baka hanapin kayu ng yayo nyo?

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[ Istoryahang DAGA ]

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Aw!

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‘Bilib’ din ako sa linyens nina bosing. Meron mga pitbuls 😯

minsan na nakakagat e laya pa rin kakahol-kahol at gagala-gala?

Kahol lang naman e di hayai na. 😆

Kahit pa daw kagat — ‘ala naman nang rabies* eka.

🙄

Ahini kaya?

*rabies = kamandag ng ass-ööl (asung-ulul)

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[ Huntahang DAGA ]

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naynaynayn

Hindi lang sister — mother superior– super-madir din ang monghang daga.

Si Syma na yata ang pinakamalupet na hamster ko. Nung ibinalik sila sa amin, walang puknat kung kawawain ang mas batang kapatid na si Amboy. Napupuna ko tuloy (nuon) mapalapit lang ang kinalalagyan ng kulungan nila, itong si Amboy nagkakasakit na. Allergic na sa ate nya?

Sa pagiging masungit ni Syma, may epekto kaya ang bigla at maagang pagkawalay ng dalawa sa kanilang ina? Kung natatandaan nyo ang istorya nila, isang maghapon ding aksidenteng nawala ang nanay nila; nahanap naman uli, pero hindi nagtagal ay maaga ring namayapa.

In time, napabait ko naman si Syma. Kahit hindi na nag-asawa, considered na nanay na rin dahil in-adopt nya si Doray daga.

Si Doray? Alam nya ‘sampid’ lang sya sa angkan, pero ‘ala lang sa kanya. Tanggap na nyang kapamilya sya… At sure ako, hindi yun dahil sa haybol ng daga na ita-turnover sa kanya.

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[ Ibang istorya, hindi kwentong-DAGA! CLICK MO DITO ]

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solilokwi

Last-minute changes sa construction ng SymAmboy staircase: nilaparan at ginawang dalawa ang landings sa magkabilang dulo ng hagdan — isa sa itaas (Boolaboy Bebong upper deck) at isa sa ibaba (Boolaboy Berio lower dock). 😀

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Pag-alis pala natin, wala na kahunta dito

si Doray, anu ateng?

Oo, pate… tagal pa bago bili si bosing ng kausap nya.

Pero oks lang daw eka. Pag mag-isa na sya, pede karay

sa mga lamyerda.

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[ solilo-squeak ]

Dalawa sa ikalawa

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Renobeyted

( Sequel to Renobeysyongs )

Si Doray sa project-pamana ng boypren nya.

Anhirap magpowt nang wala ka sa mud. Pag nipilit yo, kung anu-anong kataga na lang ang lumalabas sa kukote mo. Balikan mo ang post kinabukasan — nyay! 😯 Ako ba’ng gumawa nito? Sa ilang posts ko na super-iksi lang naman. Feeling ko tuloy ampurol-purol ko na! 😆

Purol? Ay di tasahan — sige tasa, tasa, at tasa pa!

Nasa mÜd ka magbasa? ▼ CLICK MÜ DITO

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ingay

Syma: “O? Baket ka pumasok? Iskrats ang boys dito!”

Amboy: “Tara sa ibaba ateng, makigulo tayu!”

Sa edad ni Doray, natural lang na maging pasaway at maingay. 8 months. Ayon sa aking obserbasyon sa mga nauna na, walo hanggang sampung buwan ang ‘peak month’ para sa isang hamster. Pero yan dalawang mag-utol sa pikyur? Sinyur-citizens na sila.

[CLICK mo dito ▼ para kita mo ibaba.]

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bye-rus

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USAPANG DAGA mouse-ismol

Sa YM (kYehsu Mausendyer) uli — this time, Da Chochobebes :

Anuba yung ahini-bayrus?

🙄

mpsd-12-symaSwa-en plu… sakit yun ng mga baboy, pwera la’ng

gunya babiks… Bakit mo tanung?

mpsd-13-amboyNapakinig ko kasi sa balitang pinanuod ni bosing.

May awt-brek na raw sa Jaen, Nueva Ecija!

Lapit lang yun dito ‘di ba?

mpsd-12-symaO… Ano naman winowori mo?

— ni hindi ka nga nananaog ng mansyon!

Ikaw din naman manang…

— bihira ka lumabas ng kumbento! (ahehe)

mpsd-12-syma(*Dedma lang*) Ang sabihin mo yung isang bayrus

(bye-rules kuno) na tagal nang kinukultyur…

Hongah — yun resipi ng mga ayaw pa mag-gudbay

at lumabas! ‘Nu nga bang tawag nila dun, ateng?

mpsd-12-symaKonstipeyted Ass!

Ass-tig nga!

Kala ko dayareya lang ang rong-tayming.

mpsd-12-symaHaynako, makauwi na nga…

Parang gusto kong mag-elbiyem sa mga tanong mo!

Success!

😆

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Ako, hindi pa binibilhan ni bosing ng kausap

may wento pa naman ako… Mimiya na nga lang!

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Hayem-siks

Hammie, hammie, Ayem sik

Kol may Dok Si berikwik!

Si ‘Doctor Ispongklong’ ay isang kartun karakter sa komiks nuong kabataan ko.

Habang abala ang marami sa pagtutok sa latest update tungkol sa isang Bidyoktoraper, ilang oras ding naga-sarp sa pyuter ang inyong lingkod para malaman ang lagay ng mga alagang hamster. ▼ [ ←══¬ Turok mo DIYAN ]

Renobeysyongs

Namomoblema si Boolaboy Berio

Nuong kasagsagan ng konstruksyon ng Mansyon ng Daga, eto ang listahan ng mga trabahador na building contractor (sila-sila na rin) —

• Ratchitect: Wiggler Mocha

• Foremaus: Wigwam Wigglerson

• Mga karpinterodents: Boolaboys Bebong and Berio

• Waterboy: Amboy (tiga-timpla ng kape, saka semento)

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

Eto powt, indi pa tapowt… KLIK mo dito ▼

Lipat-lungga

DAgaIGDIG ko, akawntabol ako.

Sa mas pang-malawakang pananaw, pitong araw pa lang na nagsisimula ang tagsibol sa northern hemisphere (taliwas sa southern hemisphere, kung saan onset pa lang ng taglagas). Pero dito sa Pilipinas, ang papasok na Abril ay simula na ng tag-init o summer.

‘Parusa’ na naman ang post meridiem (pm) hours dito sa 4th floor unit ng building na inuupahan namin — mahigit limang oras ding direktang tumatama ang sikat ng araw sa kanlurang bahagi ng gusali. Kaya naman maging ang limang kaHAMSTERan, Marso pa lang ay isa-isa nang nag-martsa pasilangan upang pansamantalang matakasan ang init na nararamdaman.

Eastward migration (Ikabod tower to Bebang Pension house) 😆

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The first five crossers and their ages, to date (26 Mar 2009) :

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Para kayang napakadaling lumipat, ano?

Naiinitan ka sa maghapon? Punta ka sa ilog or beach at magswimming ka… Kung kaya mo lang, mag-holiday ka sa Boracay o Palawan; kung hindi naman, magbakasyon ka sa mga kaibigan o kamag-anak sa Tagaytay o Baguio… Marami na ngang hindi lang ang taunang init ng panahon ang iniwasan kaya napilitan na rin lumipat na for good sa mas ‘malamig-lamig’ na bansa. Wala naman akong nakikitang kaso ruon kung talagang gusto o kailangan at kaya nila. 😉

Sana naman ay hindi dumating ang panahon na ang aking mga kadagaan ay mapilitang lumipat na sa planetang MAuRSe.

Eka ni Atmaus: “Ikaw, amo… may ‘malilipatan’ ka na ba?”

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“toro”

Sa year of the ox,

“Gudbay mga daga” (?)

Sadyang napakabilis ng buhay ng mga hamsterdaga. Maging ang year of the rat — napaiksi din yata: 354 days! (2008 Feb 7 — 2009 Jan 25)

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A RUNDOWN: Mabilisan tau ha? ▼ click

Iswalowaloba

?? 🙄 ??

Pssst… memya ka na mag-isip uli kong saan ko nahagilap ang taytol na yan. Tinginin mo muna ‘tong dalawang naipasa sa akin this week:

Candle of love, hope and friendship galing kay klasmeyt! 😀 Yeheyey!

Smile award galing kay bluedreamer! 😎 Basta asul, kewl!

Ano nga ba ang mga dahilan at hindi mapuknat sa aking mukha ang isang nagliliwanag na ngiti? Walo ang maibibigay ko, walong alaala at kaganapan sa loob at labas ng blog nitong nakaraang linggo. CLICK here. ◙

Seven in 5

Another thing the month of August reminds me is how this clan had started.

It was five years ago when I first saw these two (later bacame the first couple), with the rest of the litter, helpless as they were, “sucklings” to their mother. Their owner was my wife’s friend, a former “suki” in our cross stitch and framing business.

The following month (September 2003), she offered us to adopt a pair of these hamsters. Her auntie didn’t want to keep these “bad luck” critters any longer, and was thinking of disposing all of them soon. (You have to squeeze your way in to reach the innermost end of this blog’s sub-terranean tunnel for details… Take this shortcut.)

I’ve been keeping records of my hamster’s “chronicles” even before I gained access to the internet:

19 had lived and perished before I started to blog.

One passed away soon, less than two weeks after I launched this blog.

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

Out of the 13, nine are still living as of this day.

The following presentation was also produced in their pre-blogging chronicles (Ispidbol’s appearance was added just later). CLICK the photo.

NOTE: WordPress does not allow a .pps-file upload anymore, so this is a .ppt (powerpoint) presentation. Wait for it to be downloaded, open the file, then hit F5” on your keyboard to play and watch the presentation. “ Less than 3 minutes. Nakakaaliw ito, para sa mga “batang” paris ko! 😉

ADDENDUM (2009 Nov 16) : PPS format can be uploaded again; Just open the .pps-file after the download and watch. Thanks!

Hamster cages and wheels are kinda expensive, so I learned to improvise.

One of my utmost concerns is what to do when a hamster got sick, or how to prevent incidence of illness. That was the first topic that I researched upon gaining internet access in August last year. My searches led me to Wikipedia, then to fellow pet- and hamster-bloggers. Eventually I thought on blogging at WordPress, signing up with Flickr and YouTube ONLY as photo and video hosts. (My blogging is another story, so much about that next month).

I am not a breeding expert. I was quite disappointed when I learned that what I’ve been doing is not a “good” practice. I knew some basic rules about genetics, but I was not seriously aware about the ill-effects of in-breeding. I stopped “marriages” among closed relatives since the last litter of June 2007 – after I have gone through seven generations.

Amboy’s ♂ ‘good side’

Seventh-line descendant Amboy. Will he be my last hammie?

Amboy is my 33rd hamster. He belongs to the 7th generation (maternal line; see my first comment below) and is the youngest. He had gone past midlife but still celibate – a forty year-old virgin, at that. 😆 Now he is faced with the question:

“To breed or not to breed?”

FLOOD for thought:

Remember that the Ark was built by an amateur, Titanic by professionals.

mAy DSL vs my DSL

Agosto na… may mga naalala ako:

Una, isang taon na akong HINDI umiinom – o, “hindi makainom” siguro ang mas tamang right na tumpak.

August kasi nung una akong sumpungin ng vertigo (pagkahilo-hilo). Akala ko talaga nuon, mamamatay na ako (sa hindi pag-inom, hindi dahil sa vertigo). 😆 Sannababeer! Dalawang case na nga lang ng Red Horse ang kaya kong inumin, na-abstain pa?

Sa loob ng isang taon yun mga ‘pre – hindi isang upuan lang (ano ako hilo?) 🙄 … Ibig sabihin two bottles per month, tuwing kinsenas at katapusan.

Pangalawa, mag-iisang taon na rin akong nagne-net!

Ano? Isang taon pa lang? Saang kuweba at bundok ka ba galing?

(eka nyo siguro)

Meron pa, pero kapiranggot na lang… kaya KLIK mo na todits.

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Nine lives

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). 😛

May JOKE pa… CLICK nyo ito, hindi na bastos, pramis.

How’re the hammies?

Hamsters’ average lifespan is between 2 and 3 years. Perhaps that explains why they do everything at top speed? They don’t have a long life to live – at least from our point of view.

My 11 hammies, a rundown:

Chiaroscurogang (2 years 27 days). To humans, this is equivalent to more or less 80 years.

My oldest seniors spend most of their time sleeping and less of wheel-turning. Isnobol’s white fur is already thinning and losing its luster. Ispidbol’s movements are now less snappy and much slower.

Panapanagang (1 year 6 months 23 days). New senior citizens (18 months for hamsters are considered seniors years).

Mochahontas is still grumpy at her age, but her bites are ‘moderated.’ Mochawonka is still very active and always wants to get out of his cage, still ‘wiggles’ when handled. Isnohontas is the biggest, and yet my most human-friendly female hamster. She sleeps a lot nowadays, seldom shows an interest to go out for an exercise.

PanapanaIIgang (1 year 4 months 23 days). This litter is only 60 days younger than their parents, Mochawonka and Isnohontas.

Like his father, Wigwam always wants to get out of his cage, jumps from an elevated position without hesitation. Teepee has a rounder but stouter body than her mother. She is not that bitey anymore.

Boolagang (1 year 1 month 16 days). Living offspring of Mochahontas. New ‘record breakers’ (you may want to check this out The Lupindilayks.

At more than one year old, Bebong II and Berio II (male counterparts of their late sisters Bebang-girdel and Beria-girdel) are still sharing cage and wheel, showing not any sign of squabble. Until now, they don’t exhibit any mood of hostility – I never hear any one of them clack their teeth. During their active hours, ‘escaping’ from their cages to explore the outside world is their prime obsession.

Chochobebes (10 months 17 days). These youngest hammies are the offspring of my oldest living hamster, Isnobol.

Syma is not that grumpy anymore, though apparently her mood shifts so easily when brought near Amboy whom she can still recognize as the younger brother she used to bully. Amboy remains the nervous type, but being a grown-up male, he is no longer afraid of any female hamster – his elder sister is not an exemption.

Bakit isa, bakit dalawa?

Amboy (♂)Amboy (♂), his other side

Hamsters usually open their eyes when they are about two weeks old. When the Chochobebes were sent to us for the third time, Syma’s eyes were both open, but in case of Amboy, it was only one.

Amboy is my smallest and youngest hamster. He was then so thin and lanky and so nervous he was easily get startled. He was very uneasy and so paranoid whenever I handle him he even jumped from my hand.

Inside his cage, he has chosen to stay most of the time at the innermost corner, and very rarely did he play on the wheel. When he was playing, he was always ready to get back to his “comfort zone” whenever he felt some movement outside his cage.

At first I assumed that the opening of one eyelid was just delayed, or was inflicted by Syma’s attacks. When at last it opened, I saw a lifeless amber color that made me realize it was indeed blind: a congenital defect. It was my first time to see and own a one-eye-blind hamster.

As to the etymology of his name, the boy was first called by his former owner as “Spiderman” because of his agility to traverse the ceiling of his mother’s cage in a spider-like fashion. Later I called him by the Pinoy equivalent “Gagamboy” which later changed to “Dagang-boy” (little male rodent) to “Dagang-bulag” (blind mouse) to a sound as it was pronounced by a small child “Dagam-buyag” 😆 … Oedisige — Amboy na nga lang!

One-eyed Amboy

Amboy is eating his first tofu (tokwa) here. The cage is his mother’s which we decided to ‘buy back’ from Chocho’s owner. Amboy is the weaker one, so he inherited the cage.

At six months, maski medyo maliit pa rin ang built nya, tumaba-taba naman. Nabawasan din ang pagiging PRANING niya.

Click this for USAPANG PINOY: Bakit ISA, bakit DALAWA?

Published in: on 28 December 2007 at 6:00 pm  Comments (14)  
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Kulang sa pansin (Part 2)

Syma (♀)

Syma “sungit” 😆

When Syma and Amboy were sent to us for the last time, Syma couldn’t be restrained from harassing her helpless and nervous skinny little brother.

Hamsters, even the untamed ones, can be safely handled by the loose skin behind their neck. But for Syma any way of handling can be unsafe. Even if handled this manner, she has a nasty way of turning her head sideward and backward enabling her to bite my fingers. She is also able to use her paws to hold my hand and kick using her hind leg. Really nasty!

When inside her cage, she is always ready to bite any body part of an intruder — human or hamster alike, that gets its way close to her cage. Whenever she gets loose or escape from her cage, which happened more than once because she was chewing and had managed to make an exit, I had to scoop her up with a plyboard or with a box-cage.

Because of this trait, we named her Syma — short for Symantec, a powerful anti-virus PC software. Mabagsik! 😆

Hamsters tend to be unfriendly if they were not accustomed to handling — kulang sa himas, kulang sa pansin. They may not been handled as often as they should have been since they were young. This is a fact which is true in any other pets as well (and mind you — even in humans)

Grumpy Syma

This is what she does whenever I put her in this temporary enclosure while I am cleaning her cage in the evening. Hamsters do not want the smell of other hamsters except when a female is in heat.

At six months, hindi-hamak na mas malaki sya kay Amboy. At medyo napabait-bait ko — Kita nyo naman sa video nahahawakan na.

Click this for USAPANG PINOY: Pansinan sa pamilya…

Published in: on 28 December 2007 at 9:00 am  Comments (14)  
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Kulang sa pansin (Part 1)

The Boolagirls Beria-girdel and Chocho. Playing on the wheel together.

Chocho (named later by her owner, a friend’s daughter) was a Boolagang for adoption. Before living this family, she was given as wife to Isnobol and the mating was successful. She was almost three months old then (just one day short) when she gave birth to the Chochobebes (The Boolagang’s birthday was March 5; the Chochobebes, June 4).

I cannot say that the new mother was inexperienced, I’d rather say that it was her new owners. It was my fault: I failed to stress on telling our friend that most hamsters don’t want to be watched while giving birth, especially if it is the maiden birth. In fact, even after a few days, I would discourage an owner from being overly curious to look at the newborns (sobra sa pansin?) — otherwise, that may be the only sight of them he will ever get. As for Chocho’s babies, some died moments after birth; Some after a few days, so what was left of the litter which was supposed to be six was only three.

On their fourth day, at about five o’clock in the morning, Chocho got out of her cage leaving her still suckling babies. She was nowhere to be found! Our friend notified us, so I advised them to send the babies to me at once. Chocho didn’t show up for one whole day.

What am I supposed to do!?” These are rodents — so small and fragile, not like dogs or cats — and they were only 4-days old! (*O help me God!*)

I dipped a strand of thread in a milk (my wife bought a Ucare powdered milk just for this) and let the three small starving creatures take a sip from it whenever they open their mouths. That I did very carefully, baka ekako malunod?

At 6 pm, our friend happily sent a text message to us: Chocho finally showed up from her hiding place — a pile of shoes in a rack. Fortunately she didn’t get out of the house, where cats and dogs and all sorts of possible dangers abound.

I told them to send the mother to me because I knew that the “reunion” would be so delicate. For a hamster, that more than 12 hours is very long enough — it is possible that the mother could have forgotten that she has a litter and might kill or eat them up.

The reunion was quite funny (I was sorry I didn’t ‘video’ it)… Chocho’s eyes were so widened due to what I thought was an expression of puzzled amazement as she saw her three pups squirming — she was trying to run away from them! So I held her by the scuff of loose skin at the back of her neck and let the babies suck from her. Moments later the mother felt comfortable with them. I managed to shoot a video of them before sending them back to their owners the following day.

Mama Chocho with her babies

Napaka-maasikaso ni Chocho. Mga nanay, padadaig ba kayo sa isang daga lang!?
At sainyo na mga nanay-to-be (o maski kayong mga dalaga pa): Panuorin nyo pagkatapos nito yung powerpoint presentation dyan sa baba…

Their story didn’t end here though.

When the babies were 12 days old, our friend’s daughter texted my wife telling us that one of the babies fell from the cage (they hanged the cage at the ceiling so that cats or ants couldn’t reach them) and died. Our friend sent them back to us once more because her daughter was busy in her studies, and she was quite “guilty” for what had happened. That was when I shot their 13th day video (the following day). After a few days the girl was missing her hammies I sent them back again.

On their weaning age (about 21 days old), the girl texted us again saying that the bigger one of the two hamsters was harassing her younger sibling — including her mother. It was time for the babies to be separated, I thought. And since the girl has only one cage, she asked us to take care of the two small ones and let Chocho stay with her.

So the weaned babies was sent back to us for ‘fostering’… After about a week, Chocho died to the anguish of her girl owner. 😦 Our friends discouraged their daughter to own a hamster again for some time.

That is why these two youngest hamsters are now with this family, ‘reunited’ to Isnobol their father. And that was when Syma (a girl) and Amboy (a boy) got their names… More stories of Chocho’s babies in the following posts later today:

“Kulang sa pansin” Part 2 (28 December 2007)

“Bakit isa, bakit dalawa?” (28 December 2007)

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— PLEASE WATCH THIS PRESENTATION —
WARNING: This presentation (.pps) may make you feel uncomfortable (better if it does), but I want it for your eyes to see. Be ready to explain it to the kids if ever there are some around.

“A letter from an unborn baby”

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