Hi humans, rodents, and readers of any other species. This is Jenks the degu.
My gerbil brother, Bilbo, ate part of the clip that holds his water bottle to his cage.
The humans weren't very pleased with him; especially since he decided to do this in the middle of the night, so they knew nothing about it until there was suddenly a loud *thump* as the water bottle fell off and hit the floor.
The humans have managed to be creative and make it work - for now - but my gerbil brothers will have to have a new water bottle, because the type it is won't work with the normal wires that hold water bottles on to cages (which is what the rest of us have).
Apparently the gerbils only had that type because it came with their cage, and the Mummy human says it's stupid to have a plastic clip for something a rodent will use anyway, and she's surprised it took Bilbo so long to chew through it; says she should have either replaced it, or made sure there was a spare, long ago.
Of course, this doesn't stop them from being annoyed with Bilbo, which isn't really fair, since they admit they knew it wasn't an ideal type of water bottle clip. Yet they're annoyed with my little gerbil brother? That doesn't seem right!
Why should Bilbo get the blame for a human mistake?
It's just like how the humans are when we degus chew things; it's always our fault!
I wish the humans would learn that if they don't want us to chew things, they should either make sure they aren't chewable, or keep them out of our reach. It's really that simple!
Humans! Can't live with them, can't live without them!
Don't get me wrong... I do love my humans! They just frustrate me sometimes... *Sigh*
Anyhow, the humans say they're going to go to that petstore place to get the gerbils a new water bottle; this time one with a sturdy wire instead of a plastic clip, so they can't chew it so easily. I bet Bilbo will try and chew it anyway; it's what we rodent types do.