Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Of degus and coconuts

The degus have a coconut treat. It used to be a few coconut shell halves atatched via some grasses, but they pulled it apart. Jenks recently decided that making one of the coconut shells spin like a top was a fantastic game. It was really cute how he sat there for ages playing with it.

We tried to get photos, but every time we went near him with the camera he'd stop playing to squeal angrily at us as if telling us to get away from his toy. We would have tried videos too, but we can't remember how to work the video function on the camera. Plus, as I said, every time we went close he went nuts.

I guess Jasper decided it was a fun game too, because after a while they were taking it in turns, and most of the day one or the other would be there happily spinning the coconut shell.

Jasper wasn't much more eager to be photographed than Jenks, but at least he'd alternate between playing and squealing, so we managed - with patience - to grab a couple of shots of Jasper sort of playing with the coconut shell. Here they are:

And here's a close-up of Jasper:

Here are two of the degus enjoying some lunch, while the other two take turns on the wheel:

OK, time for all the degus to go to bed...


Intense Guy said...

I guess when you are bored, even a coconut shell would be fun!

Victoria Zigler said...

Well, human children used to make toys of sticks and stones and things like that, so why not coconut shells as degu toys?

Rita said...

Sounds like a great toy for them. Clever of them to figure out how to spin it. :)

Victoria Zigler said...

They're really smart little guys. They've also figured out how the door of their cage is meant to open, but luckily don't have the required strength to pull against the clips so can't actually open the door. We have to make sure we put the clips on tight every time just to be on the safe side though.