Sunday, September 10, 2006

And Babies Make...

Sandy's Giving Birth To Her First Baby
Yep, another "burst" of happiness as we welcome our babies today.

Our 2nd Generation hamster, Sandy has just given birth to 6 litters this afternoon.

My son and I were able to witness and capture the magical moments of hamster labour and births... all 6 of them!

Like any animal, the mother instinct kicked in and Sandy knew exactly what she had to do with every birth.

Sandy Giving Birth To Her 2nd Babies
The first two births were about 3 minutes apart, while the 3rd and 4th were about 8 minutes. The 5th about 10 minutes and thought we had them all, the last but not least came 15 minutes or so later.

This morning, Sandy was active but became restless and slowed down by midday. She was actually seen panting as she laid in the corner of the cage. Labour pains I presumed.

Sandy's 3 Little Babies
Sandy seemed to know exactly what she was doing from the first birth. She eat the placenta for the first 3 babies and stopped at the 4th. Full? Err... I do not know.

The 5th one she did clear off and cleared and eat away the placenta, but left the 6th alone. Definitely full.

So the two babies had their umbilical cord attached to them until it dried out. She did not do anything to it, so I snipped it off with the help of my son.

Not sure if that was alright, but the two babies were stuck together, entangled by each other's umbilical cord.

Sandy Giving Birth To Her 4th Baby
She was quite restless after that. I believe she was looking for a good, private place to have a litters, as she frantically dug into the pallet-bedding. She even sent one or two of her babies flying off into the air while too preoccupied with the burrowing.

We helped her a little by separating ply of tissues and shredding it into thin strips for the babies bedding.

We place the tissues in the little green-dome house and transferred the babies into it, trying not to touch them with out bare hands for fear of confusing the mother of its scent.

Sandy With All 6 Babies In Her 2nd Storey Green-Dome House
Finally led Sandy into her little green house, where she stopped being restless. She stayed in the house and started to tend to her litters just like all loving mothers do.

Yes! Mission complete. And babies make... 17! Yikes!

4 comments:

  1. I found out how to do it! If you look at the preview before publishing it, it works. I read that in an e-mail from a person on the "daily photo" group that I'm with on my photo blog. That makes me feel better. :) I was afraid that we were cut off!

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  2. Hello Andrew,

    I have to thank you thrice, firstly because you came over to visit and am happy that you came.

    Secondly, because you found a way to leave comments here and sharing with me the method. I was unaware that it had bugs with comments for non-beta bloggers.

    Thirdly, I can now tell the rest how to leave a comment in my post.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much, Bro.

    Have a great week.

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  3. Oh goody, I can post here now. Good old Andrew to the rescue. No point me trying to figure it out Imran, I am technically dysfunctional...ha.

    Still loving them little hamster pics.

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