Wednesday, June 9, 2010

By request...

It has been requested by some friends to post pictures of our latest pet.  So I am pleased to introduce you to Cinnamon our sugar glider.  He is a nocturnal marsupial native to Australia with adaptations similar to that of the flying squirrel we have here in North America.  In the wild, a sugar gliders diet consists of harden sap from the trees it lives in as well as insects.  So we feed him fruit as well as insects.  He is in fact eating a meal worm in the second picture.  We got this little guy in March from one of our friends and educators who was an animal rehibilitator.  He had rescued a sugar gilder, Barkey and Cinnamon is Barkey's son. Our friend recently passed away so this pet has special meaning for our family.  Oh, and we also found out (after we got him) that sugar gliders can live up to 15 years in captivity.  Wow, guess we just made a commitment.  Good thing he won't be going to college like our other two slightly unexpected commitments (that we love dearly, of course.  What?  Don't look at me like that!).

What's the strangest pet you ever owned?



~liz said...

sara - he's actually CUTE! i'm glad it's not a rat or gerbil. rodents need to stay away from humans. :) marsupials are actually interesting and yours is adorable. :)
our donkey is the strangest pet we've ever had, for sure. people still look at us and say, "why a donkey?"
hope you're having a good summer!

Sara said...

Liz - I am in agreement with you about rodents. There whole purpose in life is to chew so someone is bound to get bit. I think he is cute too. Very personable. He likes to snuggle and be pet. I do have to admit, though, that I still get a bit freaked out when he is climbing all over me. I even had him climb down my shirt once!
Donkeys are an interesting animal. There heads are just SO big! We are having a good summer, I hope you guys are too. I will have to check in at your blog and see what you guys are up to.