A couple of weeks ago, the TierQuarTier Wien shared on one of their Facebook pages that 10 degus had been found abandoned in a park in Vienna. Now, here in Austria, the weather is pretty cold already, but not only were they left in these conditions but they had been kept mixed, leading to all females of the group being pregnant and many of the degus having severe injuries from repeated battles for dominance and to establish hierarchies. Understandably, the TierQuarTier needed to use all resources to accomodate the emergencies and so I received an e-mail asking if we still had open spaces.

Last Saturday, we drove to Vienna and had a look for ourselves. Most of the degus were in poor health and currently being treated by the TierQuarTier’s vets: from lost to necrotic tails to eye infections and severe flesh wounds, those poor fellows also showed signs of extreme stress. We were warned that they may bite and are not used to or appreciative of human contact.

They were using up a lot of space since they had to be separated in order to avoid further injuries – or pregnancies. There simply weren’t enough resources or time to re-introduce and co-house them.

It wasn’t an easy decision whether and how many degus we should try to accomodate for. Eventually, we settled for a group of two that were still together harmoneously and miraculously unharmed and two single patients who have issues with their tails and some deep flesh wounds: one tail is broken and now has an angle, the other is half torn off, half necrotic and still needs to be monitored closely. Our plan is to slowly get them used to a stable, friendly environment, care for their injuries and in time, try to introduce and co-house the group of two with one of the singles, as well as the other single with our dream team: Kimi, Foo, Fighter and Franky. We hope that Franky’s cheerful spirit will help the goo relax and get used to his new living space.

For the time being, we have once again set up our temporary cages in the living room and started socialising the group of two – we called them Glam and Rock – with the degu that has the bent tail whom we called Punk. It turned out that the name was very fitting, since he surprised us this morning in the hallway: he managed to escape our temporary construction and hid in the playground we had set up for our other groups for when they are allowed out of their respective cages. I have to admit, I am very proud of this little fellow. Together with my husband, it was pretty easy to catch him again and no – he did not bite. The temporary cage has now been turned into Fort Knox and we stay tuned ?

I saved the best news for last: Korn already dared to eat out of my hand yesterday. His wounds are healing very quickly, as is usual in rodents, his appetite is massive and he seems more active and curious every time I check on him.

We now have a new, happy group of six!

We now have a new, happy group of six!

I haven't been posting for a long time, but now there are good news to be told. What has happened since my last post? Around New Year's we put Franky & Co. together with Korn since things looked good at the separation grid. The first couple of hours, it looked...

Plan A failed, plan B has been started

Plan A failed, plan B has been started

Some time has passed and of course, everything turned out completely differently than expected. Reminder: we started introducing emergency degu Punk to emergency degus Glam and Rock and things looked really great - initially. They were already talking and cuddling...