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Julian Rogers - 2012-05-17
If you find a small ringtail possum small i mean around 2 to 2 and a half inches long and weighing around 30 grammes,firstly and most important keep it warm dont just wrap it up get a hot water bottle or something that gives of constant heat over time and im sure i dont need to say not to hot.Books give out all sort of exact temperatures and so on but when it comes down to it you have to use your common sense and make sure that the joey cant get in direct contact with the heat source and at the same time it has to give the heat the joey needs,i tend to wrap the bottle at least twice in a blanket.Also get to know your eating habits of your Possum as they all eat diferently,you need Di vetelact powder 60 grammes of warm water and one scoop of powder,i have had sucess with goats milk but please do not try this as it is not 100% tested but i have had good results.No other types of milk should be given to very young Possums,i only did the goats milk as a last resort and whether it was the milk of the pure determination to live that worked, but the extremley young joey came through and was later

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  • steve carey - 2012-06-08
    Hi Brendan, My wife is a wildlife career but she is a bit new to looking after ringtails. We are particularly interested in specific foods to feed them. Meggie is just over 500g and she will be released in a few months when it warms up here in SE Qld. The other two are about 250g each. Tanya is feeding with the Divetelac stuff not worries. Although the younger ones can be a fit finiky at times. She's only had them for about 1 month and goes out and gets the red shoots off Lily Pillies as well as some bottle brush flowers. However, we are finding these harder to get now. We want to know what else we can give. Eg, can we give them any eucalyptus leaves? or does it have to be specific types. Also, Tanya says that there is conflicting info regarding feeding them fruit. She says that Australia Zoo say no to fruit, and other groups say ok to some fruit if they're over 500g. Can you advise please. Thanks, Steve C
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dani - 2013-01-14
I have a definite white crested guinea pig and the father looks like a white crested, but he is all black, same with his daughter.

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Judy - 2012-11-30
I had one of these guinea pigs and his name was Bear, because his hair was so wild! He was the smartest pet I have had. You could say Bear give me a kiss and he would stick his little head out of the cage and kiss you!! If your looking for a loving, cool pet.. you should get one of these! They are so awesome!

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  • Kelley - 2012-12-22
    HI, We just bought our first pig! So cute! I keep reading that they need a cage mate? My plan is to give all the attention he needs but I am getting nervous now that maybe we should have bought two. Any suggestions?
  • renee - 2012-12-24
    guinea pigs can be ok without a cage mate provided they spend alot of time with you. They are very social and love attention and interaction.
  • dani - 2013-01-14
    All my guinea pigs do is purr, and I have four babies.
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Jeanie - 2013-01-11
We had a Dutch rabbit for over twelve years. His name was Snoopy and he was very friendly and sociable and loved to play. We used to take him outside and he loved the outdoors and the exercise. Never leave a bunny in their cage all the time because they need exercise and they need lots of love. He has been gone a year and a half and I still really miss him. He was the best pet we ever owned.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-12
    They Dutch Rabbits really are awesome pets. I'm sorry about your loss. It sounds like he was well cared for and had a great home, and had a very long life!
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Kirsten - 2013-01-09
I am getting a black Netherland dwarf tomorrow. I am very excited. I have had rabbits in the past but never one this small. I cannot wait to surprise my daughter!! However, I was considering just letting it wander around the house, is this a bad idea? I don't want it to get lost or something.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-09
    As long as you start them out in areas that you can monitor to assure their safety and get use to its surroundings.
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Mindy Leane Godwin - 2013-01-06
Hi everyone..I need help trying to figure out what may be ailing my pet squirrel ( squiggles). I will start with a little about his back ground..My husband rescued him from a hawks mouth when he was about 5 days old, the hawk damaged his back right leg so he will not be a candidate for release. When he was around 3 weeks old he got MBS , once we figured out what it was & changed his diet he got better , then started loosing his hair around his backside & had a sore ..we treated him for mange with neem oil which has seemed to cure it. He is now 6 months old & all of a sudden he has started acting strange..He is laying on his babydoll in the bottom of his cage & wont eat. He is drinking excessively but will not eat. Do any of you have any idea what could be causing this? Also he had something that resembled oatmeal on the side of his mouth...Is this vomit? Please help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-07
    That doesn't sound too good. My first thought would be to check the area to see if there are any exotic pet or wildlife veterinarians. You could also try and contact a local zoo and see what they recommend.
  • Chris - 2013-01-07
    Mindy hi my name is chris and I hate to hear that your squirrel is sick. I would first treat for worms that could be the problem. I'm just wondering what you are feeding him. One thing you can't give them is the food that you eat. No snap peas. Cauliflower, broccoli, and hazel nuts are good for them and fruit. But if you would ask me I would get him to a vet as soon as possible. So please keep me informed because I love my squirrel sammy he is the best pet I ever had. So good luck. And I hope that this was helpful.
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cathy - 2013-01-03
I have a four-year old mini rex named Coco and am thinking about getting a baby Holland lop. Coco was not too happy when another girl mini rex came for a week while her family was on vacation. She wouldn't even look at the other bunny. Do you have any suggestions for introducing Coco to a baby lop - and vice versa. I would like to get a female Holland lop as Coco isn't neutered and would also like to know how to tell - for sure! - that the Holland lop is a she when she's still a very young.

Amber - 2011-04-19
I have a Holland Lop bunnny and his name is flopsy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    That is a cute name.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-02
    Awesome name where did you get that from I haven't heard it very much!!!!! COOL!!!!!!
sylvia - 2012-08-05
I think I have a Holland Lop rabbit because he looks exactly like the picture on this website. But our rabbit is not a miniture. He weighs about 12 pounds. Could he be a larger version of the Holland Lop rabbit?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-05
    There are many different breeds of Lops but the Holland Lop is tiny and goes about 3 - 4 pounds.  Yours weighing in a 12 pounds is a little larger.  Many of the Lops do look alike and basically it is size, length of the ear, body etc that makes for diferent breeds.  If you go to and enter 'lop rabbit images' you will see a whole bunch of different lop breeds and possibly be able to pick yours out.  Remember, the various breeds come in different colors or patterns. 
  • suzanne - 2012-12-05
    We have a 9mo lop rabbit name Sadie, we think she is a Holland Lop. She weighs 9lbs. She looks like the pictures as well.
  • Erin - 2012-12-06
    Mini Lops do look like Holland Lops. They are both really sweet. The big difference is that Hollands have a dwarf gene so they are the smallest breed of lops. Next is the Mini Lop. Many people say that Mini Lops are the smallest, excluding the Hollands because they are a dwarf breed. I recently got a call to take a Holland and the picture looked like he could be, but when I got him, he weighed about 7 or 8 pounds so I knew just by his size that he is a Mini Lop. Sweet boy just like my Hollands, but he is definitely not a dwarf.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-02
    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) :) :) :) :)
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Crittery - 2011-05-04
Like the article - good to see advice on splitcaging although personally I do not do the neutral territory part since that conflicts with the point of making both sides smell of both gerbils.

However it is incorrect to say that gerbils can be kept in a wire cage - they MUST have room to dig. A minimum of 6 inches of a decent substrate such as megazorb, carefresh, ectopetbed or finacard is ideal (nothing sawdust, or pine or cedar based due to risk of serious respiratory infection). Hay is a good addition as well, chewing aids digestion and it helps them construct elaborate tunnels!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-04
    I think I missed something. The Animal World article on Gerbils says to keep them in the same cage but the Animal World article on hamsters recommends a separate cage. Sometimes my brain doesn't go to the top floor but I think I just lost track of whether we are on hampsters or gerbils. I am sorry.
  • Stephanie Branch-Gratton - 2012-09-04
    Is there a good website where I can purchase on of those over the top wire things made for aquariums?
  • Imogen - 2013-01-02
    I use sawdust and it's fine. Should I use something else?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-02
    Sawdust is not recommended.  Can cause respitory issues as well as some commercial woods have toxins in them.

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