I am now a proud “owner” of what looks to be a white gerbil. He is one lucky fellow. (If said gerbil is a male.)
Him and his poor squashed companions were found on the road by your’s truly. He had 2 other fellows with him, but alas they had been ran over before I could save them as well. Raskal I named this good man. He has obviously been in a household because as soon as I squatted down next to him he literally ran to me. Which means, some little brat got tired of him and his buddies and just let them go to be eaten by the cats. I am happy to report that he has now been adopted by my family, I still cant believe someone can just do that to a poor, innocent animal!
Now for the actually topic….How do you care for a gerbil? I have only ever lived with dogs, fish, and lizards. I imagine that the process is much different. Thank you guys!
@Karese when I was looking into sugar gliders before it said they needed a pair as they are very social animals but if they didn’t have a companion to just spend a lot more time with them as a substitute. I don’t know if that applies to gerbils but it’s something you can maybe look into? You could also ask the vet if they know of any successful ways to introduce two gerbils or if they have any idea on what to do as a substitute.
I have sent an email! I am a little worried now that I have looked on the internet some for information. A lot of what I have read says that I should a pair or else he will get lonely and die. It also says that they need to be the either in the same litter or introduced before they are 5 weeks.
Even though you don’t have a vet nearby, I still agree with @Whitney-C, you should take him for a check up, just to ensure he’s ok and has no hidden injuries. That long trip will be worth it (I live in a very rural area and have to do similar trips to the vet with my animal companions) for your peace of mind and for his well being.
You should definitely make that trip and get him in to see someone. Like @LittleLotte said, it will be worth it to make sure he’s OK (which he definitely might not be if he was tossed on the side of the road). We can actually help you look into vets nearby, if that will help. Can you send his story and all other info (and pics, too, if you can) to us at CIDinfo@peta.org? Just let me know once you’ve e-mailed us, and I can make sure someone follows up with you quickly!
WOW, that poor fella/lady is so lucky you found her/him! So sad the other gerbil friends didn’t survive long enough to receive care. This type of situation is so heartbreaking (people dumping animals when they grow tired of them), but we see it happen every day, it seems.