vrec_dawn 41M
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7/1/2006 11:29 am

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7/5/2006 5:24 pm


Here's Latte. She's so adorable. She also seems to have very rare genetics for dwarf hammies. She's a lot smaller than normal for one. Her fur is also a lot finer than is typical and her coloring is pretty unique.

Normally that'd make her great for breeding. Not that I've ever bred hammies, but with something rare it could be fun. Unfortunately, she has a genetic disease which causes blindness. See how her one eye isn't red? It's gone almost white, and she can't see out of it. Sometimes that makes her more bitey than normal, I think because she gets spooked. Poor little girl.

We bought her from a pet shop when she was just a wee-one, before her blidness. She couldn't have been more than a couple of weeks old. She was so cute and tiny. She was in a cage with all of her family, but they picked on her. So we brought her home to give her a happy place to live. We thought she was too young to breed when we got her. Turns out we were wrong.

Either her father or a brother got her at a very early age (accoding to the books) because not long after we had her, she went into hiding, and then one day out come Coffee and Cream. It was a surprise to us, but a pleasant one. We were afraid that being so young and so small that she'd eat them. (Some rodents eat their young when they don't have the means to care for them.) But she was a good mommy. It's a shame I can't in good conscience let her have any more kids.

druidrocker 63F

7/2/2006 8:19 am

Thanks for all the pictures - they are very cute.

As for babies - their over-rated !

vrec_dawn replies on 7/5/2006 5:29 pm:
Well, true. I've never had success in being a breeder of anything anyway. All my damn male bettas keep trying to dominate the women instead of ___ them. Had the opposite happen once too. Dumb fish. And with cute fuzzy hammies something like that could have been even more heartbreaking because they're so cute.

I tell ya though, there's nothing cuter than scrawny little barely fuzzy hammie babies shaking as they can barely walk. They're so precious. So for that, and for the two wonderful hammies I got for free with Latte, I'm glad she ended up being pregnant. But I think I'm also glad that there was a reason to never breed more. It worked out just perfect.

Well, except for the half-blindness.

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