Tuesday, May 09, 2006

My Adventure of Breeding Rodents

A hamster is a rodent belonging to subfamilyy Cricetinae. The subfamily contains about 18 speciess, classified in six or seven generaa. Most have expandable cheek pouches, which reach from their cheeks to their shoulders. Because they are easy to keep and breed in captivity, hamsters are popular pets. Oh and they're also nocturnal by nature.

Exactly two weeks ago, a friend of mine, Bart, had asked the Missus to take care of his two pet Campbell's dwarf hamster (Phodopus campbelli), with the main intention of breeding them. Apparently the missus, before meeting God’s gift to women, had been a rather succesful hamster breeder. She was so good that at one point, she was putting up hamsters- for- sale- signs around the neighbourhood because she was running out of space to put them all up in her house.

Bart, who has had some experience over the years in keeping hamsters, has nominal success in propagating his hamster popluation. As such, he had asked whether the missus was interested in adopting them for a while, with the hope that his two babies, Papa and Kecik, would produce a large number of offsprings.

Bart supplied us with all of his hamster-ing equipment and the two rodents have been at the house for the last 2 weeks. One thing about this particular species is that, unlike their larger cousins, Dwarf hamsters are very unfriendly towards strangers. Unless a person has been handling and taking care of one since it was a juvenile, their reponse to any fool (ini this case, the fool would be me) would be with extreme prejudice.

It so happened that the Missus was ill the first week when we received the two and so it fell to me to do all the washing, feeding and playing (read: getting my fingers bitten off). My first task had been renaming them, much to the chagrin of Bart as I had named the larger male, Bart, after its owner and the smaller female, Ene, after Bart’s RL girlfriend (also a good friend of ours).

Due to the risk of severed digits I face everyday, I noticed that as of yesterday, the two little shites have started to show some affection towards me. More so with Ene. Although Bart still tries to remove a finger or two , I’m now able to hand feed him without too much trouble.

I have also noticed that Bart have started, and I quote; “mengejar si kecik dari belakang dengan rakusnya sekali”. After a few days of chasing, I further noticed that Ene have been easily lethargic and spends most of her time inside her small plastic house. A quick with Bart’s (human version) hamster handbook revealed that the females, during gestation, would not allow the male to copulate with her and is very passive. Ditto.

Ene, (the hasmter) if pregnant, would gestate for about 16 to 18 days. Therefore, in about 3 weeks time, hopefully we would hear the tiny patters of hamster feets running around the cage.


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to replace the bandages on my fingers.

*until Ene (the human) sends me the pics of the hasmters, we will have to make do with a plagarised version from Wikipedia's.

20 comments:

toughcookie said...

serious....

waahh :D

A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

and i thought you were busy making babies!

9 said...

biskut keras:
ya, betoool,tak tipuuuu. :p

babe:
i think i'm doing it wrong la babe, can u show me how ti's properly done? heh. :p

BLaCkFeLiNe said...

careful with the wound there 9..

A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

you asking me? i think the walls would be a better tutor than i ever can.

- the virginal one

SeXy TuRtLe said...

9,

I breed my 2 hamsters and there are a total of 24 hamsters in less than a year! Unfortunately, someone got away with the huge hamster cage i put outside my apartment door. Was so heartbroken, my parents got me a turtle to cheer me up!

If not, my name would be sexy hamster now.. :p

teek said...

how's your fingers?
i hope those "little shites" eat em :P heh eheh

Desparil said...

you guys trying artificial insemination or what?

kepala_angin said...

why ppl wanna bred hamster? ada value ke? ;-)

anisism said...

what's with pets?

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TriPPin' said...

how adorable! I've always believed that with enough time spent in showing a lil tlc, most animals would establish the trust in you and therefore, will be more than happy to get cosy witcha! :)

Freak & Geek said...

say hi to bart for me.

che'fara said...

why i tengok the hamster rasa lapar neh?musykil musykil.

9 said...

tucing hitam:
i hv yet to convulse in spasms wit white froth coming out of my mouth... yet. :p

babe:

me no like, 'virginal' babe.. me likes the 'janda gatal' babe. hihihi

9 said...

kekura seksis:

yang u pi letak kat sangkar kat luar tuh, apa la sebab?

teek:
sampai hati u..

9 said...

des:

no la.. natural stail

KA:

manyiak untung woo.. suatu ekor boleh lapat 5 linggit. lia selalu belanak 5 hingga 10 ekor ala keluar. lu kila sendili la.

9 said...

anis:

u hv a bf don't u? u can consider them as pets wat.. so wat with bf's? heh

trippin:

yes, getting cosy enuff to bite my head off.

9 said...

freakie:

which bart? human or hamster? :p

angah:

u see hasmter, ingat nk makan. u see me, ingat nak aper? heh.

TriPPin' said...

hehehe! affection can be painful :P