I'd like to introduce my jerboa. She is a Greater Egyptian Jerboa (jaculus orientalis). Her name is Gizmo and I made this community mostly because we're still getting to know eachother. She is about 3 years old and was dumped at the pet shop I get all my degu supplies at (different exotic rodent... very different). At first sight I so wanted to scoup her up and take her home to patch her up but I resisted. I wanted to know a little about what I would be getting into. What kind of a person would I be to adopt her and then find out she needs this that and the other that I can't accomidate right? A week later I have a new family member.
When she entered my life she had a gash on her head and around it was caked with some sort of scum. She was also kept in recycled pellets which chewed up her hind legs something terrible. The scum was on her head long enough that the fur it was lodged in had already started sheding. That first night I had her I felt so mean. Here she was in a new house with new smells and a new person and I'm holding her on my lap and cleaning her head with a damp washcloth. That is the first time I've thought a bald rodent was a wonderful sight.
That was two months ago. Now her head is completely healed and she's gained a little weight. Here legs are still a little pink but they seem to still be healing. She's a touch territorial and has quickly told the degus she is the boss rodent in this house.
Nice site I found tonight: