Degus are very lively and curious, which causes them to go through funny and thrilling situations. Some things that happened to my own degus are worth sharing with you. Below you'll find a lot of stories about degus. First you'll find a few stories about our degus, later you'll find a great story written by a visitor of this website. If you know an exciting or funny story about a degu, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll probably put your story on this page. Please let me know in your email whether you want to have your story on this page. You can also decide to write your story or ask your questions on our Discussion board .
Degus love everything they can
get. Especially toilet paper can make them extremely happy. They
take it in their mouth and carry it to the nest. Over there they
cut it into small pieces. Degus can also enjoy playing with a
toilet role. One time we gave our degus Henk and Isabel a toilet
role with no paper on it. They played with it, while we were
watching TV. Suddenly, Isabel started squeeking very loud, and
she jumped around like she went crazy. We hurried to the degu's
cage, and we rightaway saw what had happened.... Isabel's head
was stuck in the toilet role !
morning, we just woke up, we heard Henk squeeking. Normally that's
not so strange, because Henk sometimes really was moody. But
that morning he continued squeeking for about a quarter of an
hour. We went to the degu's cage, and saw Henk sitting on a shelf
in front of their nest, squeeking. We didn't see Isabel, so we
thought she was in the nest. Usually she takes a look when she
hears something, but that time she didn't come out of the nest
at all. Something was going on... We took the lid from the degu's
nest, and didn't see anything strange... Except a dark spot in
the corner. When we looked once again we found out what was this
dark spot. It were six babies that had just been born !
Usually a lime-stone was hanging
in our degu's cage. But our degus didn't do much with this stone,
it just hang there. But then we were not at home in the weekend,
and when we came home again we started.... Our carpet was completely
white next to the cage ! That weekend our degus (eight degus
at that time) had decided to start gnawing the lime-stone. It
was totally destroyed in just two days ! We were glad to find
out that the carpet could be cleaned....
BORN TO GNAW
At the time our degu babies were
six weeks old, we decided to bring four of them and their parents
to the pet's store. We kept two baby females, that we named after
their mother: Isa and Belle. These two ladies were very frightened
right after we took away their parents, but after a few weeks
this went much better. Isa and Belle were much more used to us
than their parents, and we could relatively easily take them
out of their cage. Once in a week we cleaned their cage, and
at that time we put them in their transport-cage for a while.
It was a normal, plastic, transport-cage, with a little plastic
lid on it. These two clever ladies soon discovered that the lid
was made of plastic, and that it could easily be destroyed. Once
they started gnawing at it, they fully broke of the lid in three
times ! And at that time we had a problem... Where could we put
Isa and Belle, while cleaning their cage?? Buying another transport-cage
wouldn't make much sense.... After a few weeks I knew how to
solve the problem. We bought a little hamstercage, made of iron.
It's much bigger than such a plastic transport-cage. It needs
more room, but has two big advantages: First, the degus can't
destroy it easily. Second, the degus have more room in it, which
makes it more fun for them to stay in it for a while.
The story below was written by Christ
When my husband and I came back from a day out with our dog, my son told me that he had seen a real weird animal in the gutter. First I didn't see any animal, but the next morning I also saw it: In the gutter, there really was a strange animal, which I had never seen before. It was curiously watching our dogs, that were playing beneath the gutter. I thought the animal could be a rodent, and I decided to search for it on the internet. At the degu website I found a picture of the rodent, that we had called Kareltje at that time. After I contacted Melina (who made the degu website) I knew that it wouldn't survive a Dutch winter. From that time I gave the degu some food and water every day, in the hope that it would become less shy, so that I could pick it up after a while. Last week I came to know that a neighbour had warned someone to destroy this "vermin", and they would put poison in the gutter soon. It was time to rescue Kareltje... I always gave Kareltje food in a large tin. I thought about it and decided to glue a peanut in the tin. This way, Kareltje would need extra time to take the food, and I would have enough time to close the tin. And that's how I catched Kareltje. After five weeks of living in the gutter Kareltje has now a good home with friends of mine. They can even feed him by hand.
Off course we wondered how a degu could turn up in the gutter. After talking to some neighbours we found out that someone in our neighbourhood had put the degu in the gutter. They didn't want the animal anymore, and thought it was a good idea to dump it in the gutter. They did the same with a big spider, but I'm glad that I didn't find that one in my gutter !