Monday, 24 August 2009

Lovely Knerten

Happy. =) We've been away for the past 3 weekends and I was worried the animals had forgot what little I might have managed to hammer into their little heads. However, Knerten was nice and friendly tonight and came to fetch cereal from my hand no problemo. She's a sweetie, she is! (Fjerten, however, is still useless...)

Friday, 7 August 2009

Frustrating little buggers!!

So. The taming project continues to bomb.

Yesterday it was time to clean cages again and I figured it would be another good opportunity to get some footage + get the dwarfs used to being handled.

Got off to a bad start: I mistakenly assumed Knerten was asleep in her house and so just placed her house in the digging box. Then proceeded the take her cage apart so I could clean it, only to discover that she wasn't in fact in her house. Turned out she had been asleep in the cage, in a little nest she'd made for herself. Of course she freaked out completely when my removing her roof woke her up. I had to make a grab for her before she leapt out on the floor. She wasn't happy. Then she came out of her house to find snacks only once while in the digging box. At that point I picked her up again and she shrieeeekkked. The way only Fjerten has done before. *sigh* I think this project is doomed!! And are dwarf hamsters really supposed to make that screeching sound??

I didn't get any footage of Knerten in the box yesterday at all. Here she is after I'd cleaned her cage, having a sand bath. She was acting so weird, just sitting there doing nothing for a while. Don't think it really shows in the video, though.

She also did a great deal of running last night.

Fjerten wasn't any better, but at least she made a little bit of an appearance while in the box:

I'm tempted to give up the taming project...

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Taming of Fjerten

... going even worse, actually.

This is Fjerten just now, 10 minutes ago. She was up having a snack, so I decided to see if I could get her to take a piece of AllBran from my hand. No such luck!