The introduction between Digger and Trixie went partly well. We took off the partition Sunday (10/24/2006) morning. They showed the normal stuff. Digger showing that "SHE" was boss. Lots of squeaking and their was some grooming. They even chewed cardboard together. In the afternoon, Digger decided that she was in heat. Trixie couldn't deal with it and Digger was irritable. So the partition came back on about 6:15pm. We will try a 2nd attempt on October 1st.
I think it will go better this time. They are sniffing each other when we hold the gerbils. Absolutely no aggression. Trixie was in her jar when we picked them up to swap sides this morning. Digger suprised us by rushing right in the jar with Trixie. Just sniffing. No aggression. She wanted to be with Trixie. Digger came right back out.
We got a new gerbil buddy for Digger last Wednesday (13th). She is a beautiful grey agouti. 10 months old. We named her Trixie. She is currently being split caged with Digger. Digger is about 9 months old. We got her from a local Breeder. The same one that we got Digger, Speedy and Gimpy from.
We lost little Dagger 2 days later (9/9/2006). She was fine the night before and Saturday morning she must have has a stroke overnight. She was very listless. Very unaware of her surroundings. We kept her as warm and comfortable as possbile. She died 2 hours after finding her. She was close to 4 years old. A rescue gerbil. A tribute to all my passed on gerbils are on my gerbil website.
We lost our little Speedy September 7th. She was very sick over the Labor Day Holiday. Between Friday and Saturday. We got less than 5 horus sleep. The emergency room took real good care of her. Gave her a Baytril shot and 2 hours of oxygen. We didn't think she would make the night but she did. She actually improved. She was feeling her normal gerbil self on Labor Day and 2 days after. The morning of the 7th, she took a turn for the worst. She left us about 8:10am. This is the last picture I took of Speedy on Labor Day. She was a extremely special gerbil and talented. She could spin a wheel with her front paws.