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Jacob and Peston

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Jacob and Peston were our own guilty indulgence. Through rescuing animals, we've managed to have hands-on experience with a huge variety of exotic small mammals. We have a particular wealth of experience with Norway rats. Despite our experience, we'd never actually purchased rats from a reputable breeder ourselves.  We're extremely close to the magnificent couple behind Finn and Beans - check out their Facebook , Instagram , and   Etsy  too by the way if you're ever in need of high-quality small animal items, or a cuteness overload (you won't regret it). They had a rat who tragically passed away earlier this year called Aesop (or Acey). I won't lie, I was besotted with him - his number one fan. Aesop became a dream of mine, I thought he was one of the most incredibly beautiful animals I've ever seen. Meeting Aesop for the first time. You can follow us on social media:  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Twitter To learn more about us, visit  our websi

Mongolian Gerbil Care

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General Information: The most commonly kept pet gerbils are Mongolian. As their name suggests, they’re found in Mongolia. Gerbils are a social burrowing rodent and live in groups known as ‘clans’. They have an average lifespan of 2-3 years but ages up to 8 years have been reported - we’ve only known 5 years.  Mongolian gerbils are largely diurnal, meaning most active during the day, however, they can exhibit crepuscular behaviour, meaning most active around dusk and dawn. They're an omnivorous rodent, meaning their diet consists of both plant-based and meat-based materials. You can follow us on social media:  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Twitter To learn more about us, visit  our website You can donate to us via our  Paypal ,  Amazon Wishlist ,  Patreon ,  GoFundMe  and  Hay Experts Wishlist For any other enquiries, please email bacchusresidents@outlook.com Care: Housing/Enrichment: Mongolian gerbils are known for their burrowing behaviour. We must create a s

Hare Care

General Information: In most of our care guides, we try to stay as unbiased as possible. After all, it's about the animals care first and foremost. We want to ensure your animal, regardless if we approve of them being pets or not, has the best life they possibly can. Unless you're an experienced rehabilitator, charity or organisation dedicated to wildlife such as hares, or are vastly experienced and informed about hares, then do not keep a hare as a pet! We would never boldly say that no one can keep a pet hare, but they're very unsuitable and unrealistic for most people. Hares are leporids belonging to the genus Lepus, the same goes for Jackrabbits and rabbits. In the UK, we have 3 types of hare; the brown hare, Irish hare, and the mountain hare. Fun Fact: All jackrabbits are hares, but not all hares are jackrabbits. Hares are commonly associated with rabbits, and most people think hares are simply big fast rabbits - that's not the case. They'r

Spiny Mice Care

General Information: 'Spiny Mice' is an umbrella term that describes any species within the genus Acomys. So, you can have spiny mice such as the Cairo spiny mouse, Crete spiny mouse, and many more. Despite species of spiny mice being found in numerous localities, in the exotic pet trade, you'll usually find species from Arabian countries and Africa. You can follow us on social media:  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Twitter To learn more about us, visit  our website You can donate to us via our  Paypal ,  Amazon Wishlist , Patreon , GoFundMe and  Hay Experts Wishlist For any other enquiries, please email bacchusresidents@outlook.com Fun fact:  Spiny mice have inflexible prominent hair fibres on their dorsal skin. It's one of their more distinctive characteristics. Unlike many pet mice, spiny mice are a surprisingly long-lived pet rodent. They have an average lifespan of around 2-5 years - some species of spiny mice can even live up to 7 years! They

Zebra Mice Care

General Information: Lemniscomys barbarus is the smallest, and most commonly kept species of Zerba mouse in the exotic pet trade. Zebra mice are a small murine rodent; also referred to as African striped grass mouse, and sometimes Barbarys. They're commonly found in bushlands and grassy areas throughout Northern Africa.  By far their most distinctive feature is their dark and light stripes which extend from head to tail.  They're omnivorous and are usually diurnal or crepuscular. They have a lifespan of up to roughly 4 years. You can follow us on social media:  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Twitter To learn more about us, visit  our website You can donate to us via our  Paypal ,  Amazon Wishlist , and  Hay Experts Wishlist For any other enquiries, please email bacchusresidents@outlook.com Care: Housing/Enrichment: It's best to housed zebra mice in a well-ventilated glass tank (2ft-4ft would be appropriate). They allow for plenty of suitable substrates

Petunia's Auricular Haematoma and UTI

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One thing we swear by is to never think you know it all, or have seen it all. We'd never encountered an auricular haematoma before, and it was actually really interesting to see how the issue was resolved. Firstly, we'll introduce you to Petunia. Arrival: Petunia secured a spot here with us because she was a lone rat. We really discourage keeping rats alone wherever possible, we knew we could find her some companions here with us. She was approximately 6 months old when she arrived on the 14th of August 2019. Fortunately, we managed to bond her to our mischief of does and neutered bucks. You can follow us on social media:  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Twitter To learn more about us, visit  our website You can donate to us via our  Paypal ,  Amazon Wishlist , and  Hay Experts Wishlist For any other enquiries, please email bacchusresidents@outlook.com Auricular Haematoma: Auricular:  relating to the ear and/or hearing. Haematoma: localised bleeding outs

Wesley

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Wesley arrived in our care with an unresolved respiratory infection and overgrown nails.  He was also in need of companionship.  He was an approximately 1-2-year-old unneutered boar. You can follow us on social media:  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Twitter To learn more about us, visit  our website You can donate to us via our  Paypal ,  Amazon Wishlist , and  Hay Experts Wishlist For any other enquiries, please email bacchusresidents@outlook.com Medical Treatment: Respiratory Issues: Firstly, resolving Wesley's medical issues was slightly more complicated than we initially suspected.  We started with a 7-day course of oral Baytril/Enrofloxacin (fluoroquinolone antimicrobial agent). He was supported with oral 1mg:1kg Metacam/Meloxicam (NSAID) QD and nebulized F10 antiseptic solution. Symptoms had mostly subsided but he had ongoing upper-respiratory inflammation, so we continued with oral NSAIDs. Shortly after antibiotics had been discontinued, Wesley develope

Eurasian Long-tailed Field/Wood Mouse Care

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General Information: Do not deliberately capture mice from the wild to be kept as pets. If you've captured a field mouse, contact your local wildlife rehabilitator. We see countless mice because we live on a quiet estate near a field and school grounds with several outdoor cats in the area, we do NOT capture them. Approximately 95% of wild field mice that we see are released into the wild again. We've been particularly reluctant in writing a recommended care guide for field mice as we don't wish to promote keeping wild animals as pets - completely the opposite. Many wild mice are covered in parasites and may be carrying viral diseases potentially contagious to other animals. On the other hand, we acknowledge there may be people, like ourselves, who've cared for them at some point due to unfortunate situations that unavoidably occur. Apodemus mice are under the genus 'Muridaie' which contains Eurasian field mice. The genus contains over 20 species of m

Sid Vicious, Edie, and Eileen's Full Write-Up

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Sid Vicious arrived as a very 'aggressive' lone male rat who desperately required companionship. His owner was unable to handle him and knew he required someone with more expertise regarding rats and their behaviour. We agreed to work with Sid. A few weeks later, we took on Sid's previous owner's two remaining rats - Edie and Eileen. They have incredibly different life-stories. The rats arrived due to unforeseeable circumstances with their previous owner, meaning they could no longer look after their beloved rats. You can follow us on social media:  Facebook ,  Instagram , and  Twitter To learn more about us, visit  our website You can donate to us via our  Paypal ,  Amazon Wishlist , and  Hay Experts Wishlist For any other enquiries, please email bacchusresidents@outlook.com Edie: Edie has been a Bacchus Resident for several months. She's an incredibly shy doe who can nip but rarely breaks the skin.  Edie thrives in the company of other ra