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Winner - Most Unusual Pet
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Posted on 04/21/2012 4:07:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Here is our pet, a Sugar Glider. His name is Rocky (short for Rocket), and he is almost 6 months old. Since joining our family, he is always traveling along with one of us in our shirts or in a pouch. He is a loving member of our family. Sugar Gliders are native to Australia and are related to the Koala bear.

Our family had been looking for just the right pet since my husband, Andy, is allergic to cats and dogs. I had looked into small animals that you would find at your local pet store, but they either had a very short life span or were smelly and destructive. (Not interested in birds, lizards, turtles and fish... I like the cute and cuddly kind myself.) We happened upon Rocky at the Mall of New Hampshire. About twice a year, the company “Pocket Pets” has a kiosk when they have baby Sugar Gliders to sell. I had never heard of Sugar Gliders before, and thought that this was everything that I wanted in a pet. Sugar Gliders make wonderful pets. They live 12-15 years, and are very clean animals (they don’t have dander or shed so they are great for people who have allergies). They don’t smell, and are not destructive.

Rocky is very affectionate. In the wild, Sugar Gliders bond with other members of their colony for life. Our family has become Rocky’s colony, and so has bonded to us for life. We take turns with him in our shirts, and he goes everywhere with us. He makes a few familiar noises too ... he barks like a Chihuahua when he is calling for us, he chirps like a bird when he is happy to see us, and purrs like a cat when he is content. He is very smart too. They say Sugar Gliders have the intelligence of dogs, and I believe it. At six months, Rocky can already untie knots and unbutton buttons!


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: pets; sugarglider

1 posted on 04/21/2012 4:07:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Avoid this temptation. They look cute, but we bought two and they were IMPOSSIBLE. My wife and I are both animal lovers, but unless you have countless hours to spend with them, it’s a disaster. IMHO


2 posted on 04/21/2012 4:12:27 PM PDT by MattinNJ
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To: MattinNJ; nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mlwzf_bqVI


3 posted on 04/21/2012 4:15:57 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: nickcarraway

These things are everywhere down here in NC. Not that unusual.


4 posted on 04/21/2012 4:20:41 PM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: vladimir998

Urine down your arm? Well, I’m convinced!


5 posted on 04/21/2012 4:21:28 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Urine down your arm? Well, I’m convinced!"

I hear that costs an extra $37 in Cartagena...

6 posted on 04/21/2012 4:26:06 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway

I think I will pass—I’ve got two dogs sleeping at my feet right now, and that’s enough for me.

They neither urinate on me nor bite me......


7 posted on 04/21/2012 4:30:23 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: SkyDancer
The perfect birthday gift for obama, Janey.

Send him half a dozen!
8 posted on 04/21/2012 4:31:41 PM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: BIGLOOK

Snack size.


9 posted on 04/21/2012 4:34:38 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: MissMagnolia
....and self marinating!


10 posted on 04/21/2012 4:38:29 PM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: nickcarraway

Ha. My green cheeked conure is cuddly, non destructive, and speaks ENGLISH. Goes everywhere with me.


11 posted on 04/21/2012 4:55:50 PM PDT by datura (Democrat = Communist)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL!! Most I’ve laughed at a post here in a long time. Thanks!


12 posted on 04/21/2012 5:24:04 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOLOL! Best laugh of the weekend (so far)!


13 posted on 04/21/2012 5:45:02 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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All contributions are for the Current Quarter Expenses.


14 posted on 04/21/2012 7:26:58 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: USMCWife6869

What are they? Are they rodents?

I remember seeing a guy in a laundromat once, with his ferret, who was peeing and pooping all over the table where you fold your clothes.

Pretty awful. The guy cleaned it up, but what was the point?


15 posted on 04/21/2012 8:44:40 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway

I have four cows, 10 chickens, 2 cats, 1 dog, and assorted outdoor birds. I have managed to make them all pets, I will pass


16 posted on 04/22/2012 5:32:16 AM PDT by PROTESTBYPROXY (We are screaming! I am Breitbart!! Invictus Maneo)
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To: PROTESTBYPROXY

I got a herd of dust bunnies under my bed,does that count?


17 posted on 04/22/2012 8:15:18 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: nickcarraway
His name is Rocky (short for Rocket),

What. It takes too long to say Rocket?

18 posted on 04/22/2012 8:17:39 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: nickcarraway

Other than that, they’re great!


19 posted on 04/22/2012 8:21:15 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: nickcarraway
How long do you marinate them?
20 posted on 04/22/2012 9:53:49 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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