Um... Hi there, everyone.
This is Mollie the chinchilla.
So, as many of you probably know, we rodent types just love to chew on things. It's fun, plus it helps to keep our teeth from getting too long (most of the time). The thing is though, we don't care if we're chewing on nibbles, chewing on toys we're allowed to chew on, or chewing on things we shouldn't.
As you probably also know, most rodent water bottles are plastic, despite the fact that the angle they have to be at means we can reach at least a piece of them through the bars of our cages most of the time. Other than one time when a gerbil ate the piece that atatched the bottle to the cage, the human caretakers have never found this to be a problem though.
Me and Maizie decided it would be fun to chew a hole in our plastic water bottle.
Of course, then we got cross because we had no water. Well, how were we meant to know that a hole in the top of the bottle would let air in to it, and the pressure would force the drinking spout to allow the water to flow out of the bottle?
Anyway, we did this late in the day, so the human caretakers couldn't get to the petstore place before it closed that day. They can't just give us a bowl of water, because the way we - Maizie especially - bounce about, it would just end up everywhere. So, they were desperate, especially since it was a really warm night, and we chinchillas don't cope with heat too well, so need to stay hydrated and cool.
Now, our degu brothers and ratty sisters both have two water bottles. The degus have two because there are so many of them (they have two food bowls too). The rats, on the other hand, only have two because they sometimes don't like to share their water bottle with each other. So, the human caretakers did the only thing they could think of: took away one of the rat water bottles, washed it well, and gave it to us, with plans to fetch a replacement for Star and Skye in the morning.
Maizie and I had other plans, however, and chewed that water bottle during the night too.
So, the human caretakers got us a new one, which is entirely made from metal and glass.
That's cheating! How are we meant to chew that? Well, if there's a way, we'll find it...