Presenting

Devi’s Degus

Currently, there are 18 degus living under our roof. They are split into three groups consisting of eight, four and two degus, respectively, as well as four new emergencies that still need to be co-housed.

They each have their own cage, but they take turns on their shared run area which is basically an entire room that has been made degu-safe.

Following, you’ll get to know each of them as well as where they live.

 

To the DegusTo the Cages
Alpha

Party

Nickname(s): Party, Alpha

Birthday: 24.Jan.2018

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 226g

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: Disco

Tame: Yes

Special features: missing toe on front paw, teared ear

Living in: group of eight, monster cage

Curious, active, playful, strong, brotherly, friendly, intelligent, cleverly

Together with Disco, he was the first degu we ever welcomed into out lives. The alpha of our first group. Nosy, noisy, cheeky – this little fellow loves adventures and humans. We cannot imagine a life without him.

Noobie

Anubis

Nickname(s): Noobie, Nooby-baby

Birthday: 24.Jan.2019

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 217g

Colour: Blue

Siblings:

Tame: Yes

Special features: baby of the group

Very playful, curious and cuddly.

The baby of the group of eight who is always part of the action. Incredibly sweet and cuddly.

Ninja

Slip

Nickname(s): Slippy, Ninja

Birthday: 14.April.2018

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 246g

Colour: Creme

Siblings: Knot

Tame: a little

Special features: scar over his eye and lost a little bit of his tail

Living in: group of eight, monster cage

A very talented escape artist  Watchful, agile, intelligent, loves taking risks, easily scared

Funnily enough, this guy was named “Slip” before we knew how fitting it would be: since early childhood, he slips through the most awkward places, sometimes even gets stuck in a crazy attempt to escape through the tiniest crack available to him. We learned a lot from him regarding securing the cage as well as capturing escaped goos.

Once, he had escaped and we were searching for him in vain until a toilet paper roll started squeaking all of a sudden. We had kept those rolls in the living room for future DIY-projects. And looky there, he was stuck inside one of them! (Pictres) Be cautious that if you choose to give your goos toilet paper rolls to play with since it can be dangerous for our furry friends! Always cut them, so they couldn’t get stuck. It goes without saying that you should check your degus every day to recognise such incidents early.

the brave

Knot

Nickname(s): Knotty

Birthday: 14.April.2018

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 180g

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: Slip

Tame: a little

Special features: slightly lighter colour of fur than our other agoutis, bigger ears

Living in: group of eight, monster cage

Brave, curious, strong, but not taking risks, calm, adorable, considered

You wouldn’t see it at first glance, but he is Slip’s twin brother. Their personalities are completely different though and for the longest time, we thought, he would fight for the alpha position. Instead, he is just a brave, strong, but friendly goo among his group mates.

Spotty

Raschmuschen Rho

Nickname(s): Raschmu, Raschmuschen

Birthday: 01.Mai.2018

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 175g

Colour: Agouti Schecke

Siblings: Chili Pi

Tame: once caught, he is well-behaved

Special features: his cute white spots!

Living in: group of eight, monster cage

shy, scared, hesitant, friendly, cuddly

He and his twin brother Chili Pi were the shiest degus we had ever encountered. Even two years in, the are still very sceptical of any changes, but do enjoy some play time with humans – especially if food is involved.

Goldie

Chili Pi

Nickname(s): Goldie

Birthday: 01.Mai.2018

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 228g

Colour: Sand with spots

Siblings: Chili Pi

Tame: very difficult to catch, but doesn’t bite

Special features: his few, but cute white spots

Living in: group of eight, monster cage

shy, hesitant, hectic, distrusting

One of the few goos you cannot lure with food. “Safety first” seems to be his mantra and so returning this little one to the cage sometimes proves to be quite a tedious task.

Nesthäkchen

Dax

Nickname(s): Daxie, Baby-face

Birthday: 16.Jun.2018

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 239g

Colour: Agouti 

Siblings: Seven of Nine

Tame: very difficult to catch, but doesn’t bite, return to the cage by himself

Special features: a little darker in colour than our other agoutis, rounder, narrower face (“baby face”), removes the hair from his paw

Living in: group of eight, monster cage

shy, hesitant, calm, distrusting, needs cuddles, had a difficult childhood and takes a long time to build trust, has psychological issues (removing hair on his paws) that are not related to space issues, as would be common for that behaviour.

You’d never think he is 7of9’s twin brother because he might as well be his opposite: shy, introverted, easily scared, loves sharing and cuddling with fellow goos. No matter how old he’ll get and whter there are younger goos around, he’ll always be my baby.

Der Rabauke

Seven of Nine

Nickname(s): Seven, Scheven, Sevsev

Birthday: 16.Jun.2018

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 245g

Colour: Sand

Siblings: Dax

Tame: yes

Special features: our only goo in that colour, enormous eyes

Living in: group of eight, monster cage

extroverted, doesn’t like to share at all, always wants to be first, hectic, a glutton, aggressive against his fellow goos, especially if it is about food or playing space (= us humans), active

Ultra-cute to us humans, this is the most aggressive goo we have. He doesn’t like sharing, neither food nor space and will often find himself in small fights with the others because of this. Looking into his dreamy eyes, we cannot stay mad at him for long, though. We might have been assimilated.

Senior Alpha

Mika

Nickname(s): Papa Degu

Birthday: 01.Feb.2015 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 204g

Colour: Agouti

Sibligngs:

Tame: a little

Special features: charakteristic right eye 

Living in: group of two seniors, monster cage

very mature, strong, balanced, calm, but can fight back if necessary, a good step dad until they outgrew him

He was the loving step dad of Kimi, Foo and Fighter when we initially got him from the pet shelter in Vienna. When the bunch grew over his head, we had to separate them and re-socialise him with Diegoo, a fellow senior with whom he has a very harmoneous relationship.

Senior Wachhund

Diegoo

Nickname(s):

Birthday: 01.Feb.2015 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 233g

Colour: Agouti

Siblings:

Tame: a little

Special features: characteristic white whiskers

Living in: group of two seniors, monster cage

curious, friendly, calm

This poor fellow was handed down from one owner to the next, never enjoying the company of a fellow degu nor living in appropriate conditions. He was rescued and brought to us in 2019 at the age of approx. 5. He is in poor health, but grows happier by the day.

Senior

Kimi

Nickname(s): ARRRR, Piratili, Kimilein

Birthday: 12.Feb.2018 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 210g

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: Foo, Fighter

Tame: yes

Special features: pirate ear (torn in ranking fights)

Living in: group of four, Big One Panorama wooden cage 

curious, friendly, active, doesn’t bite, but gently gnaws on everyone and everything

This tomboy got his ear severed when he was fighting for the alpha position with his brothers. He won and wears his new style with pride, this little pirate. Meanwhile, he is not alpha anymore thanks to Franky’s arrival, but he doesn’t seem to mind at all.

Wachhund

Fighter

Nickname(s):

Birthday: 12.Feb.2018 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 206g

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: Kimi, Foo

Tame: yes

Special features: we recognise him by process of elimination

Living in: group of four, Big One Panorama wooden cage 

active, didn’t like to share but Franky changed him, curious

This little fellow was quite aggressive and it was clear that he was after the alpha position in the group. Puberty made them go against their stepdad, thereby changing the group dynamics several times, but the fight for alpha was eventually won by hisbrothe Kimi.

Fatso

Foo

Nickname(s): Fatso, Knödel, Flauschibär

Birthday: 12.Feb.2018 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 241g

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: Kimi, Fighter

Tame: yes

Special features: enormous eyes, extra fluffly and fat, even though he is not the heaviest degu in our groups anymore

Living in: group of four, Big One Panorama wooden cage

shy, hesitant, easily scared, a glutton

Initially the smallest among the three brothers, this little fellow discovered his extreme passion for food. He gained a lot of weight, so we need to monitor him regularly. He also earned the loving nickname “Fatso”.

Alpha

Franky

Nickname(s): Sonnenschein

Birthday: 12.Feb.2018 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 180g

Colour: Agouti

Siblings:

Tame: extremely

Special features: torn off tail (probably from ranking fights)

Living in: group of four, Big One Panorama wooden cage

extremely active, curious, intelligent, friendly, trusting, adventurous, playful

Another rescue that just joined our family recently. Turns out, he is the life of the party, an absolute sunshine! Cheery, curious, cuddly <3

The Survivor

Korn

Nickname(s): Cutie-pie

Birthday: 12.Feb.2019 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: ?

Colour: Blue

Siblings:

Tame: yes

Special features: tail half torn off, half necrotic

Living in: currently alone, will be introduced to Franky & Co in near future

curious, friendly, active

He was found with a group of 9 other degus of mixed gender, abandoned in the cold in a park. He was severely injured, had an open back, his tail was half torn off, half necrotic and overall he seemed extremely severed by ranking fights. 

We fed him up, cared for his wounds and will continue to do so until he is fit enough to be introduced to Franky & Co. We think his character is a perfect fit for that group and hope they’ll see it the same way.

Supershy

Glam

Nickname(s):

Birthday: 12.Feb.2018 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: ?

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: possibly Rock, Punk

Tame: no

Special features: severed eye

Living in: currently with Rock, being introduced to Punk

extremely shy, easily scared, hesitant, distrusting

Another rescue that just joined our family recently. He was in the same group of 10 degus that had been abandoned in a park. Like most of them, he has several scars and  injuries from ranking fights.

Alpha

Rock

Nickname(s):

Birthday: 12.Feb.2018 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: ?

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: possibly Glam, Punk

Tame: no, but we’re getting there

Special features: one eye is slightly scared, he had the least injuries of that group

Living in: currently with Glam, being introduced to Punk

strong, brave, curious, yet hesitant and distrusting towards humans

This degu was one of the ten abandoned degus that had been found in a park in Vienna. He is currently living with Glam and being introduced to Punk. He is slowly starting to trust us humans and already knows when it’s feeding time.

Houdini

Punk

Nickname(s):

Birthday: 12.Feb.2018 (?)

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: ?

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: possibly Rock, Glam

Tame: no

Special features: severed tail

Living in: currently being introduced to Glam and Rock

extremely shy, likes to escape and hide

Another rescue that just joined our family recently. He already managed to escape twice, so we had them moved to the monster cage where they can be introduced with less hassle.

Watchdog, R.I.P.

Disco

Nickname(s): Schüchti, Fellkugel, Fresssack

Birthday: 24.Jan.2018        Died: 24.Okt.2018

Gender: ♂ Male

Weight: 240g

Colour: Agouti

Siblings: Party

Tame: Yes

Special features: we miss him very much 🙁

Initially very shy, distrusting, scared, watchful, later on very playful and cuddly.

Together with Party, he was the first degu we ever welcomed into out lives. He was very scared at first and took a long time to adjust, but when he did, he was cuddly and a reliable brother. He died in an accident and left a deep hole in our hearts. We miss you <3

Devi’s

Cages

The Monster Cage

by Dipl FT Markus Rogner

This bespoke cage has been tailored to our needs. All surfaces and edges are sealed with animal friendly epoxy layers and silicone. It has space for two UV lamps as well as integrated LED lighting for all other compartments.

It’s dimensions are 300 x 75 x 240 cm, consisting of six 150 x 75 x 80 cm modules.

Big One Panorama

by Kleintiervilla

This was our first big, wooden cage and there was a lot we learned from using it. We had to secure all edges with aluminium busses and corners as well as double up on the used mesh. The degus actually manages to gnaw through the integrated door which we had to replace completely.

It’s dimensions are 200 x 90 x 60 cm in the lowest level, 200 x 75 x 60 cm in the middle level and 200 x 50 x 60 cm on the top.

DIY-Käfig

by Devilita

Consisting of a 150 x 60 x 75 cm glass aquarium which is used as digging level and a self-made top floor of 150 x 60 x 50 cm with a bespoke, cave-like backdrop, this cage can only house a maximum of three degus.

Temporäre Konstruktion

by Songmics

We’ve been searching for a method to quickly and easily build and remove a cage for introductions and finally found this grid solution. It is finely woven and stable enough for the degus not to escape and it is flexible to our needs. Usually, we build two identical halves separated by more grids, so the degus can smell and see, but not harm each other.