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Old 09-17-2018, 09:21 AM   #11
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Thank you Souffle, cypher, Sasha04, mangoandmimi, Rads, Coco61, astrid, JennySTL and Josie for your warm welcome to Liquorice - she happy with all the compliments she received. I am so happy I followed my heart and brought her home - she is so beautiful and I'm so looking forward to discovering her quirks - I already found out is she loves food and also mealworms.

Sasha04, The camera I use is a Canon PowerShot SX530HS - on the macro setting.

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Taming Diaries

Day 2 – Taming went a lot better that it did on Saturday, Liquorice was much more relaxed and looked more comfortable in the playpen. I did decided that it might be best for Liquorice to reduce the size of the playpen a bit and also I decided to remove the extendable tube in the hope she would explore a bit more. Well it worked! Liquorice was so at ease which lead her to explore every inch of the playpen and all her new toys and actually looked like she was enjoying herself especially as on Saturday she looked petrified. I did get really worried at one point as during her playpen session a lot of power tool noises started outside but they didn’t even phase her in the slightest although if I made a minute movement she would freeze and stare at me! Liquorice also got curious at one point and when standing upon her bendy bridge she could reach the top of smaller panels of her playpen – I offered her my hand but she ran off – although didn’t hide but continued exploring. Liquorice found comfort inside the ceramic pineapple hideaway and buried the treat I scattered around the playpen in there plus had a washed and started looking really cute. I just had to get some photos and she was more than happy to pose for the camera plus show of her adorable tummy – isn’t it adorable!


I also decided it might be best to move where I had Liquorice cage in my bedroom – as space is quite limited her cage was on the floor not too far from my door and she started to get spooked whenever I walked past. So decided it would be best to re-arrange my room slightly so Liquorice cage is on the table where Treacle’s was. Liquorice is much more happier and relaxed – she even was jumping up and down the side last night with me sitting not too far away from her cage – when she would normally be in her wheel or if she knew I was nearby hiding.
Liquorice also got some Roast chicken to try alongside her piece of carrot which she thoroughly enjoyed!

Day 3 – Taming went really well today Liquorice is enjoying her time in the playpen more and is getting really comfortable with exploring. A few times she did brave coming to the side of the playpen where I was sitting and I offered my hand to her to sniff on the other side of the bars – at one point when standing on one of her toys almost braved climbing onto my hand but sniffed instead and decided it was a bit too scary for her at the moment. I am so proud of the progress she has made since Saturday a drastic improvement. Liquorice also spent more time exploring and having fun today so much so that she didn’t want to go back in her cage. I have also noticed that she isn’t entirely a fearful hamster just unsure of the unknown – mainly me!
Liquorice was also happy to pose for some photos during today’s taming session and plus her investigating on of her toys and enjoying the sand …

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Old 09-17-2018, 10:08 PM   #12
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Good to hear how Liquorice is settling in & enjoying her playpen more now.
Very cute photos
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:46 AM   #13
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Glad she is warming up to you and is enjoying her playpen! Super cute photos SKB! I love her brown patch on her chest! So cute!
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Old 09-21-2018, 09:33 AM   #14
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Congratulations SKB on your new addition. Liquorice is a black velvet beauty. Gorgeous pics, that nose and cheeky face has melted my heart.
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:57 PM   #15
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Isn't she a stunner! i love the tummy shot and her gold streaks.
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Old 09-29-2018, 07:54 AM   #16
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Thank you cypher, Sasha04, Thin Lizzy and Ruth Edwards. Apologies for not posting updates sooner as I have been really busy and plus my days have been hectic with most my free time I have had to divide up between my two cheeky troublemakers.

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Taming Diaries – Day 4 to Day 13

Day 4 – Progress was made today, Liquorice climbed the bars of the playpen and decided to proceed onto my hands – I was so pleased with her although had to withhold my excitement so I wouldn’t startle her. After Liquorice climbed onto my hands I did immediately placed her back inside her playpen. She only felt comfortable doing this once – but a huge progress nevertheless.

Day 5 – Taming was cut short today as I was extremely busy – Liquorice decided to spend the majority of her taming session tucking into her treats that she had stored away in her playpen. A few times she did attempt to climb out of her playpen and when I offered her my hand she had a sniff but didn’t feel comfortable climbing onot my hand and went back to having fun inside her playpen.

Day 6 – Liquorice really enjoyed herself in her playpen today. When talking to her she would come running over to the panels near I was sitting and considered climbing into my hand but she didn’t feel comfortable. When it was almost time to for back I presented Liquorice the box I use for transporting her to and from her cage and I thought if she would feel ok to walk out onto my hand and she was happy to do so and then returned her to her cage.

Day 7 – Sleepy Liquorice, well I think she had a busy night as after having an explore of her playpen, Liquorice sat in her ceramic mushroom house tucking into her treats next thing I noticed is that she was dozing off even though she was trying her very best to stay awake. Her head was gradually getting lower and her eye shutting it was adorable but thought it would be best to return her to her cage so she could get some sleep.

Day 8 – An eventful session. Liquorice was making such great progress and I was so proud of her as I could see her confidence was growing although still very nervous and shaky and was happy numerous times to climb into my hand. Unfortunately I had to cut taming short after Liquorice bit me – I don’t know what caused her to bite although Treacle was being very vocal in her cage so don’t know if that might have caused it or if something startled her. I really didn’t want to end her taming session but my finger was bleeding very heavily that I would be best to return her to her cage so I could tend to my finger and get a plaster on it as I couldn’t leave her unattended in her playpen.

Day 9 – I have to admit I was a little nervous today initially about handling Liquorice but knew I had to overcome this and faced this fear. Liquorice was more than happy to climb into my hand which helped me to gain trust for her again. But then out of nowhere Liquorice bit me again on the side of my palm of my hand – this bite was worse than yesterdays and my hand started bruising almost instantly after she bitten me. To be honest this really did knock my confidence. Unlike yesterday I continued her taming session as I had a plaster nearby but I felt so nervous about climbing her into my hand that I instead used her transport box again. Although I know her bite isn’t from aggression but fear – as she a quite nervous – and it won’t stop me taming her.

Day 10 – After lots of thinking trying to figure out what might be best for Liquorice I decided for taming today that I was going to wear gloves and would keep taming to 30 mins today to see if this would help her and also me to regain confidence. I didn’t want to resort to wearing gloves but I thought it would be best for her especially as she quite nervy and her sense are more alert. Liquorice was much more at ease climbing onto my and with gloves, was less shaky plus didn’t attempt to bite plus she even let me pick her up. I must admit this made me so happy. I will continue to wear gloves for as long as I feel will be best for Liquorice before gently introducing her back to my bare hands again. As I think the new experience of being handled plus my scent were far too overwhelming for her being a nervous as she is – I didn’t want to resort to gloves but I feel it will be best for her.

Day 11 – Unfortunately my schedule was very busy today, so I didn’t have sufficient time to get Liquorice out for her taming I felt bad – I thought I would try in the evening but could hardly keep my eyes open.

Day 12 – Taming resumed today, a little later than usual again another busy day, Liquorice was so happy to be out in her playpen that she spent most of her time exploring and enjoying herself running in her wheel. Although she did find time when she was exploring to climb up into my hand still wearing gloves and she seemed a lot more at ease and didn’t feel shaky. Even after returning her to the playpen she was back climbing up the panel again wanting more cuddles. I even started letting her walk hand to hand which she started to enjoying whilst doing this I made my hand like a tunnel to get her used to being touched all over when she being handled she seemed at ease.

Day 13 – Cuddle, Cuddle, Cuddle… During the taming session she kept wanting to climb up into my hand, I think she is getting more familiar with being handled now that she starting to relax more. She even let me pick her up a few time and she didn’t seem phased at all. She spent more time in my hand during her taming session than did in her playpen. I will see how the next few days go and see if it would be the best time to go back to using my bare hands.


I haven’t got Liquorice out yet today for her taming; I will do it later on this afternoon.

Today marks 3 weeks since welcoming Liquorice home, It feels like I have had her for much longer! Liquorice has also been spoilt to some new toys – as I have decided to buy new toys for Liquorice as I’m paranoid about her getting ill/potentially catching Maple’s nasty bug.

Liquorice loves her sand bath and because she has mostly black fur it been very interesting watching her in the sand bath – and it made me realise that even though Syrians don’t roll around on their backs like Russians they instead flick sand onto their back with their back feet – I always wondered why my Syrians behaved the way they did in their sand and Liquorice helped me to understand. Also she loves treats and food – and like Pumpkin mealworms are a favourite. I also decided to weigh Liquorice as she looks like she grown quite a bit since I brought her home and I was interested – so Liquorice is 135g which is lighter than I thought she looked but I’m interested to see what she will weigh when she fully grown.

I have also managed to get some more photos from her taming sessions…

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Old 09-29-2018, 09:44 AM   #17
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Awww, gorgeous girl! Love the first of the two in her sand bath but they are all good. Interesting to read how taming is coming along so well. I would have found being bitten twice rather daunting but you have found a way to overcome this SKB. Sounds as though Liquorice is gaining in confidence with you.
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Old 09-29-2018, 02:16 PM   #18
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Aww! How cute is she with her little brown patches! Thoses whiskers are to cute! Sorry to hear how she bit you. That happened with Libby aswell but the next day he was very happy to be handled. Looking forward to hearing more about this little trouble maker!
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Old 09-29-2018, 10:44 PM   #19
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Quite an eventful time with the lovely Liquorice! Sorry to hear you had a couple of bites but I hope taming continues to progress well & she'll get over that soon.
Love the photos, especially in the sand bath
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:28 PM   #20
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Lovely pics of Liquorice in her wheel, she looks mischievous in her sand bath. Peach uses her sand bath for weeing which is useful for cleaning her out. But when she goes back in her cage after cuddles she likes to roll in the not so clean sand. I guess it's to get rid of human scent. Peach and Daisy used to bite occasionally but they grew out of it. Hamsters are so lovable aren't they?
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