About a week ago, I was looking around pet stores for a gerbil. I have never had gerbils before but I had researched them extensively and felt like it was about time to put my toes in the water so to speak. After going to a few stores, I realized that gerbils were out of season (plus they just aren't common up here.) I was at the last store I planned on stopping at and was just about to go home when I noticed the cutest Russian hamster playing with a chew stick. The other two hamsters in the tank were sound asleep and pretty oblivious to my presence. This guy poked his head up from his chew toy and looked right at me and then kept playing. I knew right then and there I had found a new friend. He's already quite hand tame and isn't at all nervous around people he knows. His favorite things to do are burrowing under his bedding and eating, which is easy to tell from the pictures I've gotten of him. He's named after a character on the TV show Stargate Atlantis. So...without further adieu, meet Mr. Rodney McKay!

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