In case anyone out there was wondering, there isn't actually any (shh, whisper it) REAL mice or bunnies in Natsnest. There was a bunny, but he was gone a long time ago. Natsnest does have some furbabies though, and I'd like to introduce them all. You see, ever since I was quite small, I've had a passion for hamsters. Fabric hamsters are something I'm planning to introduce to the nest, once I can get the head shape right (and they have tiny little limbs, must not overbalance them!) There are three real live hamsters in the nest right now...
Mind the Washing on the Line!!
If I can just chew through this...
Mr. Hope is a lovely 14 month old hammy. He was bought from the adoption bit in Pets at Home, and has quite the story to tell. When he first came to the petstore he escaped and got out into the warehouse. He lived there for two whole months before someone finally caught him. After a lot of fattening up, he was put on sale, but nobody wanted him next to the sleak shiny baby hams. So I went in, picked him up and he snuggled right into my arm and wouldn't let go. So really he had to come home with me. He has been a little angel from the start, although he is a rather lazy hammy, and I doubt he would be seen if it wasn't for me waking him up to play!
The other occupants of the nest are two roborovski hamsters called Shakespeare and Hamlet...
We can still see you Shakespeare!
Shakespeare on his wheel.
Roborovski hamsters are quite new to be kept as pets. They are the tiniest hamsters you can buy, measuring only 4-5cm when fully grown. My two are babies, only 7 weeks old! They are super fast hamsters, and are very nervous, though rarely bite. They are not recommended for children as they are so fast and small! Shakepeare happily likes being stroked in his cage, but gets a little bit upset when being picked up. (He gets picked up anyway, poor wee man!) Hamlet instead likes to play a game where he rushes around the cage so you can't grab him, but when he is finally in your arms he is placid as anything.
So they are the real furbabies of the nest, hope you enjoyed the photos!