I just wanted to introduce my readers to my newest furry friend and to also remind everyone that rodents deserve some respect too..
Meet Luna, a 1 1/2 year old grey and white gerbil. She was recently rehomed to me from an ex-coworker after his two kids lost interest in her. Luna wasn't treated terribly, she was fed a good diet, given a weekly ash bath, and the occasional cricket to hunt; but her conditions certainly weren't optimal either. She lived alone in a very small cage with only a wheel to play with nothing to chew on and very little human interaction. Luna was exposed to a lot of lights, loud sounds, and cigarette smoke. I recently transitioned her to a larger cage and gave her some gerbil friendly (wood/cardboard) toys. She's done a 180 behavior wise. Luna was lethargic and seemed almost sickly when I visited her at her old home, but now she's so active! This little lady loves attention and having the time of her tiny life.
I guess I'm just trying to make a point that gerbils and other little creatures need love, care, and respect equal to that off larger pets. Their small size and short lives don't make them ideal pets for eight year olds, and they certainly aren't disposable. A gerbil (or mouse, rat, or hamster) is a ~three year commitment that deserves to be taken seriously. Gerbils can be awesome little friends that crave attention. Please give them the love and care they deserve.