My hamster Berta gave birth last Holy Thursday. Mom was about to change her cage’s bedding when she saw some critters crawling.
“Ay, ano ito, bulate?” Mom shouted in alarm. (Ay, what are these, worms?)
Later, she recognized these to be small hamsters. It was a surprise for all of us, since we did not know she was pregnant. I was alarmed, though, that there were only three, since the average for teddy bear hamsters is seven (Berto and Berta’s batch was ten, though one died).
While the mother tended to be over-productive, we could not help but take a look every time, to see their progress. In their second week, one of them managed to slip in the mother’s milk bowl. Good thing there was only less than half a millimeter of milk. We had to get Berta’s attention, since we couldn’t touch them yet (the mother might get rattled and eat them).
Last Thursday, they reached three weeks, so it was safe to touch the pups. Time to change the bedding, which we did Saturday morning. They are so malikot, I had a hard time putting them back into their mother’s cage. They could always wiggle away from my hands. Here are some pictures:
(Photos taken using Sony Ericsson P1i, reduced to 460 pixel width. Sorry about the quality of photos. I really need a decent point-and-shoot, if not a DSLR.)
I have not named them yet, since they are due to be taken by their new owners, if plans push through.
Posted at the request of Dra. Tess