||Rorie and Kini
||Eight, Five months old|
||Campbell's Dwarf Hamsters|
||Durham, North Carolina, USA|
was one of my first pair of dwarf hamsters, and when the other
one died, Rorie seemed so depressed that I got her a new friend, Kini.
Rorie has a monstrous appetite, but can't eat a balanced meal, so I
have to feed her plain pellets instead of a nice yummy seed mix,
because she would just eat the seeds she wanted and throw the other
ones in her litter box in disgust. Her favorite foods include
broccoli, pecans, and buttered biscuits. She's very gentle, loving,
and prissy; she used to hold her hyperactive first girlfriend down and
groom her forcefully because her hair was just such a mess. When that
hamster died, Rorie was despondent and wouldn't play unless she was
coaxed, or eat unless she was hand-fed.
Kini was traumatized at the pet shop, because their dwarf hamsters
were seriously overcrowded and a lot of the full-grown hamsters used
her as a pillow. So when she got home and Rorie tried to be friendly
by grooming her, she would roll over in fear and squee angrily. This
confused Rorie considerably, but after a couple of weeks Kini began to
settle down. She has two speeds, roadrunner and off. She'll zoom
around, looking like a motorized bunny slipper on wheels, and then
suddenly stop mid-step and take a nap. She never seems to eat
anything, but goes to bed every morning with some seeds in her pouches
in case she should actually be hungry. If she didn't keep the seeds in
her pouches, Rorie would wolf them down.
They love running around on computer keyboards, and are too light to
press the keys. In the picture, Rorie is checking out the screen of my
laptop, and Kini is seeing if there's anything interesting to the
side, like maybe a cord she can try to chew on.
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