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Roborovski Fourteen

The Robbies kept on multiplying, and we got up to fourteen little dears at one point.  Sadly I’m down to twelve now as one male was killed by the other boys he was in with (uncles/dad and brothers) and today little Pipsqueak had to be put to sleep.  She had always been a bit wobbly and was the littlest of them all, even now she was half the size of her litter-mates at just an inch long.  Following a little adventure she had last week, she had been getting worse with her balance and struggles to right herself when she fell over.  Today she started having fits, as well as generally being unresponsive and lethargic, so the sad decision was made that it was better for her to have a quick and humane death rather than let her linger and waste away.  So at some point there will be a third Roborovski rhyme, but for now, I hope you enjoy the second.

 

And since writing this, they have all been split out appropriately.  In six months I shall know for sure how successful I have been, it takes until 4-5 months for them to be fully mature, and a one month gestation period.  Allowing a bit of extra time for late developers/mishaps.

 

Roborovski Fourteen
My Roborovski five,
Had multiplied by three,
But only fourteen now survive,
Since Aurora caught Houdini.

 

She licked his fur all over,
And treated him like a kitten.
But released him upon my request,
Shaken but thankfully unbitten.

 

Sadly he was too used to freedom,
And his soaking didn’t help either.
Two days later I awoke to find,
Poor Houdini was no longer a breather.

 

But his family are thriving,
The new babies have begun to explore.
Soon I will try to split girl from boy,
Hope that I don’t get any more!
29/12/11
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Tales of Tribble: Part one – Arrival

Firstly, I have a friend’s blog to promote.  A young poet just starting out, go have a look and leave some feedback – nymmyb

Secondly, this is the first part in a very long (planning seven parts) poem I’m working on.  It may well class as a saga when I’m done.  Having told a few friends what my hamster Tribble is like, they want a book.  This shall have to suffice for them!  In other hamster-related news, Roberta’s triplets had their first cuddles today and I *think* they are all girls, but they’re still very small and so it’s difficult to tell.  Bobbie’s baby is now a week old and doing well, the fate of the two boys is up for debate, I don’t really have space for another cage to keep them.  A suitable home is being worked out.

Anyway, to rhyming!  Enjoy!

Tales of Tribble: Part one – Arrival
One day in March twen-ten,
A Syrian hamster mum gave birth.
Within her litter would be found,
The craziest hamster on earth.
 
An albino is already special,
Imperfect long-hair on top of that.
And this little tale is the story of how,
He came to live at my flat.
 
Not only did he look quite odd,
He had an attitude to match.
Belligerent, aggressive and loud,
As he defended himself and his patch.
 
The pet shop wondered what to do,
His ever leaving was despaired of.
No child could they sell him to,
Else their fingers he would bite off.
 
He has some behavioural issues,
My friend warned me at the pub one night.
In due time I went to meet this ‘Gnosher’,
And logic didn’t put up a fight.
 
That very day I took him home,
My birthday present from me to me.
Named him Tribble and got to work,
With no idea how unique he would be.
30/10/11

Looking all sweet and innocent

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The Roborovski Five

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