||One year old|
is my Degu Alf. When I got her she was supposed to be a boy. But we
soon found out the hard way that she really was a girl, when she had a
litter of six. She must have been pregnant when we brought her home, as
we have since found out that the gestation period for degus is 90 days,
but they don't really "show" until the last month. By that time we had
already gotten her a buddy who just so happened to really be a boy!
(Leroy became the step dad). We kept the Leroy with Alf and the babies
because he helped take care of the babies and we thought that Alf
couldn't become pregnant after just having a litter. But we also later
found out that she could become pregnant in the 24 hours after birth. So
we wanted everyone to know that about Degus! She had two little boys and
four baby girls. Right now we're expecting more but this time she is
pregnant with Leroy as the father.
We have given away all the babies, and Leroy, but we kept two of the
baby girls. The best part is the rest of her babies went to all my
friends so we can visit and babysit them if their new parents are going
to be away. We are so glad they all got good homes, but we were very
careful to make sure they would.
Alf has had a rough time, but after this litter, she will be living
happily and baby free! She is a friendly degu, and a good mother, and
gets along well with the two of her girls that we kept. It was amazing
seeing the babies grow up, but we recommend anyone who gets a degu to
bring it to a vet to make sure of the gender, just to be on the safe
side. Alf learned her name very quickly, so we kept it, even though it
is a "boy" name. She is our sweet, funny, bouncy little Degu Alf, and we
love her. She loves being petted, and loves her treats, too.
To anyone else, if you are going to get a pet, do your research ahead of
time, and don't just believe a pet store employee about an animal's gender!
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