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June 20, 2002

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Henry and Lola, the Pet of the Day
Name: Henry and Lola
Age: Five months old
Gender: Male, Female
Kind: Sugar Gliders
Home: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
   These are my beautiful and precious baby sugar gliders, Henry and Lola. I have only had them for three months, but they are already bonded to me and I am addicted to them! They are so sweet, and hilarious too! Henry is a madman, jumping and gliding everywhere like a maniac, he is so funny to watch. Lola is more subdued, making her first glide just the other day! Their favorite treat is mealworms, as they are munching on in the picture. Other favorites include grapes, papaya, and their staple food, Bourbon's Modified Leadbeaters (BML). The love playing with all sorts of toys. The feather teasers are their favorites, they attack them and wrestle them to the ground! Henry and Lola are pure entertainment, and pull my heart like no other pets ever had.

    Sugar gliders have a gliding membrane like a flying squirrel, although they are not rodents! They are in the marsupial family and are from Australia. Meaning, someday, when Henry and Lola become man and wife, Lola will carry her little babies in her pouch. Owning a sugar glider should not be taken lightly (nor should owning any other animal). They have very special needs and require a lot of love and attention. They are very social animals, so unless you can devote all your time to them, they need to be kept in pairs. Still then, they love and want all the time you can give them. They also require a very specific diet. My favorite site for information is GliderCENTRAL. If you are interested in letting a glider own you, please do lots of research first.

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