Saturday, September 28, 2013
[Gerbilly Posting] State of the Freddie. No dress.
Freddie is about two and a half years old now, if I assume he was six weeks when I got him. Neither he nor Fergie grew any, so anyone's guess is as good as mine on age. Gerbils typically live up to four years, but Freddie is starting to show signs of age. He is drinking more, sleeping more, running around less, and doesn't always burrow to sleep. I also think he's busy trying to find a mate since he STINKS to high heaven at the moment! (Okay, okay, its just musk-scent, but still.. male stink in my apartment! Eww..)
He's still cheerful, still curious, and still willing to take a sunflower seed from my finger and give me a lick of thanks. (He'll even crawl into my hand for a pumpkin seed, but I only have those when I raid my Dad's stash.) He's about 60 in human years, so slowing down a little is perfectly natural. I keep meaning to stop by Sardis Park and pick up some willow for him to chew on - the ASA in it is good for him and might help if he has some arthritis. On cold/damp morning he's less destructive/enthusiastic and than on dry ones.
Of course, gerbils as desert mice, so he's probably a bit confused by this rain forest existence anyway.
But, over all, still perfectly able and willing to pester his bunny friends. :)