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Old 10-21-2018, 02:08 AM   #1
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I have a little secret to share

Zen’s cage has been empty for very nearly a year now & with Zeki gone too even with Zylvan here I’ve really been feeling the Chinesey loss & particularly missing having a female Chinesey & so decided the time was right to go in search of one.

My teensy little girl came home Thursday evening, she’s only five weeks old & the smallest ham I ever had, I’m sure I’ve seen robos bigger than she is! She really is just the sweetest thing, shy & a bit skittish but very brave all the same.
Of course I’m totally in love with her already
The first evening I kept calling her precious, so many times I was beginning to feel like Gollum so I conferred with the Elves again & came up with a proper name for her, Míriel which translates as jewel daughter.

I didn’t know how young she was until the day before she came home, or realised quite how teeny (I still can’t get over it!) if I had I might have started her off in smaller cage but she’s doing just fine with the cage, exploring & using everything safely. It is going to mean taming will be a longer, slower process no doubt but I don’t want to change anything now as she seems really settled & happy with it.
I had hoped to have some photos before starting a thread but I think that might have to wait a while as I don’t want to scare her with the camera or flash & will wait till she’s a little more confident.

Thursday evening she had a good look round & immediately took to her sand bath, she had to have a few goes in there Before disappearing into one of her houses, she did come back out briefly but other than watching to see if she was managing everything ok I just left her in peace after that to settle down.
Friday morning she was out & about seeming surprisingly confident but Friday night & Saturday morning was a no show! Not coming out until lights out, I could hear her digging around & what sounded like her chewing the legs on her house but that was it.
Last night we got to meet again, she was very nervous but came up to the bars to sniff my hand & thought about taking a treat but she wasn’t too sure so I just dropped it through the bars for her.
After that I just spent lots of time talking to her, she stayed in her wheel most of that time, she is so teeny I was worried that she may not be able to spin it but she can… just!
I think it was just because I was there & she was nervous but she kept climbing up inside the wheel (she’s so small the wheel didn’t budge!) & sitting in the upper hole, just perched there watching me, typical Chinesey antics A bit anxious that she might fall but she was fine & stopped doing it when I watched from across the room. I think I’m going to have fun with this one lol!
I’m sure we’ll continue to make friends now & hopefully I’ll have some updates to follow soon.

Here’s a couple photos of her set up, everything is on legs so the whole cage is safely burrowable (if that isn’t a word it should be!), she’s in the Kevin, I so love this cage, it’s only very slightly bigger than the Hamster Heaven but I always seem to be able to get a lot more in & had loads of fun making a new home for her.

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Old 10-21-2018, 03:33 AM   #2
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Great news cypher! So pleased you have a new addition little Miriel Look forward to meeting her soon, when she’s more settled.
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Old 10-21-2018, 04:37 AM   #3
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How exciting! Míriel sounds really sweet, looking forward to seeing some photos. Sounds like she’s settling in well, the setup looks brilliant
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Old 10-21-2018, 04:46 AM   #4
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Congratulations, Cypher!. She sounds 200 percent adorable. And I like the "burrowableness" �� of your cage setup. It's giving me some ideas... Looking forward to the pics when the time is right. Enjoy your new sweet little girl!
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:01 AM   #5
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Congratulations on your new little hamster -very exciting- can't wait to see her
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:54 AM   #6
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Good to hear you have a new addition - looking forward to seeing her
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Old 10-21-2018, 09:49 AM   #7
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Wonderful news cypher. Welcome to Miriel and a super set up for her. She sounds really sweet natured. Looking forward to hearing more about her settling in.
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Old 10-21-2018, 10:29 PM   #8
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Thank you everyone

I spent more time with her yesterday, we really are taking baby steps but then she is a baby bless her but we seem to making a little progress & she's just that tiny bit more confident with me around.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:27 PM   #9
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I'm so happy for you cypher, your new baby jewel daughter Miriel sounds beautiful. As always, the cage set up is superb.
Looking forward to meeting Miriel once she's settled. A lovely name choice.
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:36 AM   #10
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Her set up looks amazing cypher Looks like she'll be able to have lots of fun, she's a lucky girl

Looking forward to seeing her when she's more settled
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