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January 23, 2008

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Rex 7, the Pet of the Day
Name: Rex 7
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Panda Bear Hamster
Home: New York, USA
   Rex 7 is special to me because he is the seventh in a long line of hamsters I have owned since second grade. I am in my senior year of high school now and love the little guy. He is my first full-sized hamster, Rex 1-6 were all dwarf hamsters. He loves to smudge his face against the glass of his cage and never fails to amuse me when he does so. I hope you find him as cute as I do.

    Rex can be very introverted. There is a part of his cage that is connected to the rest of it by a tunnel. He has managed to literally stuff the little house full of bedding and burrow himself in there with a stash of food. Sometimes I get worried he's going to eat his entire stash and won't be able to fit his bottom out of the tunnel! However when he does come out (mostly when he feels like smudging his face again) he is so sweet. He has not bitten anyone since the second day we had him, and even then it was probably my own fault for wanting to hold him before he felt safe. He will sniff your hand if he smells food on it, but never bites... worst thing that will happen is that he'll lick your finger.

    Rex does not know many tricks. One of my favorite games to play with him however is "staring contest." Since Rex is located in my kitchen area there will sometimes be a large sound, this startles Rex and he will stand up and stay perfectly still. Right after the noise, I will turn to him and have a staring contest. He always wins. Rex is a talented nest builder, eater, stare-er, and sleeper. He may not have practical skills, but he makes up for it in love. He is a sweetie-pie and I feel so blessed to have him as my pet.

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