Wednesday, February 27, 2013
[Gerbil vs. Human] Round 3 - KNOCK OUT!
See that green wheel? That's the one I swore I was never, ever, ever, ever, EVER putting back in their cage and was only keeping because I'm too cheap/much of a packrat to throw it out.
Last night, having not taken my zombie meds that morning so I would at least be able to drive to the doc's office and back, I was doing my usual round of insomnia. Mr Freddie would run on the wheel till it started making noise and stop. He would do this over and over. And I finally said, "Dude, that's kind of irritating." If a gerbil could say "I know, right??" he would have.
So I went to investigate and see if I could fix that wheel so it wouldn't rattle back and forth against the cage bars. Nothing obvious came to mind and I fiddled with it for a while. A small grey furry creature sat on the top of his house and looked smug. Ha. Well, I fixed his little red wagon.. er, white wheel.. green wheel.. SOMETHING! I scooped him up, put him in his travel carrier (there may have been a squeaked protest) and dissembled the cage so I could put the dreaded green thing in. I KY'd the contacts. I bounce tested the wheel. It didn't sound so bad.
I put Freddie back in the cage. He gave me a very good dirty look and promptly investigated everything human hands had contaminated in his home. He then found the green wheel. He hopped on it and started running. He ran on it for a good five minutes before hopping off for some water.
Poor gerbil, humans just train so very slow.