Big buddy’s turn

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He lost his kid brother three days ago; Now it was Bebong II’s time.

The buddy-brothers when they were 27–month old.

Etymology of name: granduncle’s name

Gender: male

Color: banded orange

Parentage: Berio + Mochahontas

Generation: 5th (paternal line) ; 6th (maternal line)

Litter group: Boolagang. The posthumous sons and daughters born to Mochahontas, 11 days after her husband Berio passed away.

Lifespan: 29 months 8 days

Cause of death: Old age

Dagang may pinagsamahan.

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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!

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Bebong lost his buddy

See Boolaboy Berio’s profile

See all his post stories

They’ve been with me for the past six years. I can easily spot the signs when an old hammie’s time is running out — even ‘un-sick’ ones.

2009-03-21-(Boolaboy-Berio)

Nauna pa nga si Berio sa kuya nya.

Etymology of name: father’s name

Gender: male

Color: banded brown

Parentage: Berio + Mochahontas

Generation: 5th (paternal line) ; 6th (maternal line)

Litter group: Boolagang. The posthumous sons and daughters born to Mochahontas, 11 days after her husband Berio passed away.

Girlfriend/Spouse: Doray daga

Lifespan: 29 months 5 days

Cause of death: Old age

Mocha bridge: Boolaboy Berio’s first traverse.

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Published in: on 10 August 2009 at 10:00 pm  Comments (5)  
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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.

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kyuryus

Mataas kaya’ng hayblad ni Kuya? Si Kid-brather sa Tulay ng Daga.

May ekspresyon sila sa Ingles na Curiosity killed the cat.

Hmm… hindi naman siguro ito aplikabol sa kaso ng aking mga alaga, kasi hindi sila mga pusa. ▼ [ DITO (muna) ANG CLICK ] ▼

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life’s pan

( life spent, part 2 )

2009-06-05-boolaboys

Tolz, berdey pala natin nayun o!?

USAPANG DAGA mouse-ismol

Da Boolaboy brothers, sa YM (kYehsu Mausendyer) :

Andami pala ng lifespan ng tao.

Bakit mo naman nasabe?

Pano tayu, mor or les 800 days lang (27 months).

Sina bosing, average 27759! (76 yrs x 365.25 days)

Dat mins 35x sila mas lamang satin! 🙄 Ilang henerasyon

kaya ng hamster yun?

Ew? Tingin mo lang yun kasi daga ka!

Alam mo ba kung gaano kadami ang 27759?

Anu ibig you sabihin, kuya?

Kung i-convert mo sa piso nila ang kada araw,

P27,759.00 — pambili lang ng pinakamura laptop yun.

Madapurak lang nung haragang batang kapitbahay nila,

gudbay pyuter na nokbuk! 😆

Haiii! 😯 …hongah no?

Teka mawarningan si bosing… boploks sa math yun i.

Ano sasabihin mo?

Huwag siya bibili ng mahal na laptop —

baka madapurak lang!

😕 Tsika-tsika-tsika-tsik!



USAPANG PWERA—DAGA (chewabol da Bible gam) for incisors cannot nguya

Baket “life’s pan”? go to page 2

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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.

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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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Above ground zero

June 1991. Viewed from PhilRice, NE — about 90 kms northeast of ground zero

(photo taken by co-employee Engr. R. de Guzman)

“Tulay” sana ang pamagat ng post na ito, kaya lang dahil sa di-planadong daloy (o countdown?) ng titulo ng mga kararaang entries ko, ay yan na lang. 😆

Una sa lahat, ano ba yang tinatawag na ground zero?

“ The term Ground Zero may be used to describe the point on the earth’s surface where an explosion occurs. In the case of an explosion above the ground, Ground Zero refers to the point on the ground directly below an explosion.” (Wikipedia)

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1’s not enough

Buddy-brothers.

Story 1 (true-to-life)

May magkapatid dito sa bayan namin, tawagin natin silang si Bigbro at si Littlebro. Nagtrabaho itong si Littlebro sa piggery farm sa isang bar-bario sa parteng Isabela-Cagayan.

Isang araw nagkasakit itong si Littlebro. Malaki ang ipinangayayat at ipinanghina kaya napilitang iuwi dito sa Muñoz. Na-diagnosed na maysakit sa bato at kailangan nyang sumailalim sa kidney transplant — tatanggalin ang parehong kidneys para mapalitan ng mas malulusog.

Alam ng kanyang Bigbro ang risk para sa sarili, pero dahil pinakamalapit na kadugo, nag-volunteer itong maging donor.

“Okey lang ading, dalawa naman itong kidneys ko,” (eka pa siguro ni Bigbro) “… share ko na lang ang isa ko sa’yo.”

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2’s company

Budul-budol Buddy-buddy.

Hindi halos makapaniwala ang ilang kapwa ko hamster-person… May mga medyo nag-aalala pa nga.

Nauunawaan ko. Kung pamilyar ka sa aming mga paboritong alaga, totoong hindi ubrang magsama-sama ang Syrian hamsters dahil solitary creatures sila.

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“ I must say I find your hamster photos absolutely incredible —

I just cannot believe some of them, so many hamsters in one place,

peaceful with each other, and looking so cute… it’s amazing.

Even for a second I thought they could be fake.

But I do know they’re for real 🙂

Maybe you put some spells on your hamsters? 😉 ”

— mail message ng isa kong contact sa Flickr

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Ano nga ba’ng ‘budul-budol’ (voodoo-vodoo) ang gamit ko?

🙄 🙄 [ Click HERE to continue reading… ]

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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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Iswalowaloba

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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). 😛

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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.

An exceptional bRATherhood

You may want to see these posts for other stories of hamster brotherhood:

The firstborns

Separate lives part 1: The weaker takes all

Separate lives part 2: The humbled big brother

First cousins

[ Hehehe… ito ang talagang pakyaw — apat na links agad! ]

Syrian hamsters are solitary in nature. A male and a female only meet to mate. Aside from that, when two mature hamsters meet, they will immediately fight to the point of killing each other. I have seen it so many times — it’s like two fluffy balls fused into one, rolling violently on the floor nobody could part them without himself being bitten.

Male hamsters belonging to a common litter can get along together well as they grow up. Females are more likely to fight both males and females after around day 21. This is probably because females are more territorial.

When hamsters are in a “rubbing frenzy” they are actually depositing their scent coming from a pair of glands on their flanks. An indication of a hostile hamster is the “clacking” or “gnashing” of its two pairs of incisor teeth. A more ‘deadlier’ language is a hamster on its back with its mouth partly open. Whenever you see these signs, beware!

If you read the story of the Lupindilayk twin (“The Firstborns”) you can see that Boromir and Faramir started their sibling squabble on their 8th month of staying together (They were separated on the 11th month). Eight months was quite a RECORD. Until the Boolaboys came in, BREAKING that record. Berio’s sons are still sharing home together on their 9th month without the slightest sign of misunderstanding.

Boolaboys sharing cage and wheel

Bebong II and Berio II are banded males belonging to the Boolagang litter. I called them the Boolaboys. There’s a third one, a white brother named Hamty. Hamty was given for adoption and is still alive today.

Are you familiar with ‘d “Pink Panther”? If not, ask your father who he was. Pink Panther is my ‘punch line’ in the second video.

If you read Berio’s story and have seen his ‘horror’ video, you must know by now that he died a mysterious death before the Boolagang was born, and that he was ‘undertaken’ by his younger cousin Ispidbol in this same old house (setting of the video). Since the cause of his early death was still clouded in mystery, his sons decided to conduct a thorough investigation in the house. 😆

Boolaboys on the Pension House investigation

Wala ding nakuhang “lead” ang ating mga NBI* fRODENTsic — ehe! — forensic experts pala! Nag-amoy-amoy lang at nagtalon-talon ang dalawang harungas.
*NBI — Naulila ni Beriong Imbestigada 😆 Hindi nila kayo…
T A T A N T A N A N !!!

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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)