Subject: Re: help!!!!!
Posted by Thresa on October 08, 1997 at 13:01:16:

In Reply to: Re: help!!!!! posted by George K. on October 07, 1997 at 11:13:12:

: : I just bought a sugar glider and it's a female. The first
: : night I had her she played with me and nibbled very little.
: : She loved to play on my shoulder and run around. Now, she
: : bites me and barks at me whenever I open her cage. Should
: : I cool off of her for awhile or keep at her,nonforcefully?

: Leave her alone for awhile. I have the same problem with my
: little baby female glider. She started off alright, but now
: she is very timid and frightened when we are around. Give her
: some time without being bothered by you. After two or three
: days, gently offer her a favorite food from your hand. In time,
: she will understand that you are not the enemy and she will
: warm up to you.

In the morning, offer her a treat like a peanut, pinenut,
walnut or almond (raw, unsalted). After she takes it, she will
become very mellow and at this time put her in a sock or some
kind of pocket, pet her as she's eating her treat.
As she finishes, close the "pocket" securely.
Give ger another "goody" as you're closing it.
She'll wiggle and fuss around alot
and you might even feel cruel, but sit still and hold her
inside the pocket, talk gently to her, snuggle and pet her.
She may even try to bite you through it, but don't get mad,
just speak gently and pet her lovingly anyway.
Eventually she will settle down and begin to take a "bath".
Then she will fall asleep for the day, naturally.
Now you have introduced her to your touch, your voice,
your scent. You have let her know you are the source of the
"good stuff" and won't hurt her, she will eventually love the
"pocket" and find it the safest place in her little world.
Mine love to be in the pocket, when one is scared and running,
I encourage it into a pocket and they go happily.
I carry a pocket with my "Precious" pinned onto my clothing.
Sometimes I put one in my pocket and take it with me where
ever I go. They're tame enough that I don't have to worry
about her trying to run away from me.

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