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March 26, 1999

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Stephanie Burns, the Pet of the Day
Name: Stephanie Burns
Age: Three months old
Gender: Female
Breed: Argente Cream Gerbil
Home: Long Island, New York, USA
 
   My little Stephanie is special to me because she was the only gerbil in a litter of six that was not agoutie. She was also very much smaller than any other pup, and I wasn't sure if she was going to make it. Because of this, I spent more time playing with her and handling her that she is so tame she sometimes falls asleep in my lap. That's pretty uncommon for a gerbil! Stephanie most likely takes after her small mom.

    Stephanie likes to play with my parakeet's toys believe it or not! She'll spend hours playing with the bells attached to the bottoms of the wooden toys. She also likes to try to escape from her cage a lot - but she hasn't been successful yet. She used to spend a lot of time out of her cage when she was little and her bites didn't hurt. Now that shes bigger, it not that much different, but I have to be careful around her mouth! Gerbil bites are painful! :*(

    An agoutie gerbil is the most common type of gerbil. It's the brownish color you see all the time in pet stores. An argente gerbil is not as common, though it can sometimes be found in pet stores as well. Stephanie is an argente cream, which is a very rare and beautiful color. An argente (golden) and an argente cream are very closely related, and when pups (baby gerbils) of this type are born its hard to tell what kind they are until they get older.
 

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