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I scared the crap out of my suggie
I scared the crap out of my suggie
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Aug 12 2015
10:18:11 PM
Poor Sebastian. I bought a slightly used toy from the breeder where his two girls are coming from. It's a huge spaghetti monster looking honeycomb fleece thing. I'm not sure if it's the shape or maybe there's still another suggie's smell in it, but Sebastian freaked big time! It smelled freshly laundered to me. He was barking his head off and RAN for my shirt. I still can't get him out of my shirt. He's clinging to me for dear life even though I slew the spaghetti monster and threw it out of the cage.

I think I may need to wash it several more times in hot water. Is this the sort of response I can expect when the girls arrive? I'm afraid he's going to be petrified of them!
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Aug 13 2015
05:37:52 AM
Kferg Face Hugger Visit Kferg's Photo Album 577 Posts
Lol oh my goodness poor Sebastian!
In all seriousness, though, maybe that is how he'll react, to a degree. I usually draw from my own experiences with gliders, so I'm no expert but I do think sometimes similar experiences help us know about other gliders. In my circumstance, when we got Luna we also got her (filthy, horrible, inappropriate) cage before we knew how terrible it was. I think maybe they had never ever cleaned it or the fleece they were using for pouches. In other words, it smelled. And I got it at night, so I put it two rooms away from my quad instead of cleaning it. Well, let me tell you, my quad barked. And barked. And barked. For hours. And when I went to check on them a number of times I had never seen Clare looking so scared. At about midnight we put that stupid cage outside on our back porch (in the snow). Anyway, my point is that in this situation my quad acted the same about the new glider and not that this will happen with Sebastian but they never accepted Luna.
What I am inelegantly trying to say is your Sebastian may be scared and this has in fact been very helpful because now you know to take it slow with him. Maybe you'll want to put the girls in a different room at first, so they could probably hear each other and gradually become aware of each other. And maybe for scent swapping you might want to just put some of their stuff near the cage at first, but not inside it. This is good! Now you know he's a nervous little feller when it comes to girlfriends and he'll need time to adjust.
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Aug 13 2015
11:13:16 AM
WithyWillow Glider Visit WithyWillow's Photo Album 97 Posts
Thank you. Your experience does help me feel better about this. Poor little Sebastian has spent his whole life alone. He's never even seen or smelled another glider before. It may be months before he even warms to the idea of girlfriends and that's okay. I just don't want to give him a heart attack in the process. If this trio ever becomes a trio, he's certainly NOT going to be the alpha. It took over an hour to pry him off my chest last night.
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Aug 13 2015
11:34:04 AM
emolga Joey Visit emolga's Photo Album 28 Posts
i mean, i don't know, a giant spaghetti monster thing sounds pretty scary to even ME!

i would just take it really slow with intros; introduce their smells in small things like patches of fleece, swap their sleeping pouches, etc. see if the tinier changes scare him as much. then let him get gradually used to it.

but if this thing was freshly laundered, my guess is that it's the toy itself, which he has NO IDEA what to make of, not the glider smell. he should know what the gliders are! but what the hECK IS THIS SPAGHETTI THING MOM IS IT GOING TO HURT ME WHY IS IT STARING AT ME WHAT DO I DO
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Aug 13 2015
11:46:17 AM
WithyWillow Glider Visit WithyWillow's Photo Album 97 Posts
LMAO!! Tonight while he's in my shirt, I'm going to hold it against me and see if he freaks out sight unseen. That might help me pin point whether it's the smell or because it's a giant lurking spaghetti monster that just appeared in his cage one night. If he balls himself up and crams himself in my armpit again, well then we'll know...lol!!
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Aug 13 2015
11:54:09 AM
Kferg Face Hugger Visit Kferg's Photo Album 577 Posts
Okay I think I can speak for most of us here when I say I think we need to see a picture of the spaghetti monster now! Lol!
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Aug 13 2015
12:01:02 PM
emolga Joey Visit emolga's Photo Album 28 Posts
YES!!! please post a picture of this thing!
i have three theories as to what this thing looks like based on my 22 years of life

1. Betty Spaghetty
2. The Pastafarian Monster
3. That Weird Thing from "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared" .

i'm really curious to see what it ACTUALLY looks like LOL
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Aug 13 2015
12:12:34 PM
WithyWillow Glider Visit WithyWillow's Photo Album 97 Posts
I'm at work right now, but I will take a picture tonight of the villain in question when I get home. It's this blue three tiered honeycomb fleece thing with strips of fleece that hang down and have pony beads on the ends. Sebastian wasn't having it. At all.
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Aug 13 2015
12:15:19 PM
WithyWillow Glider Visit WithyWillow's Photo Album 97 Posts
Emolga, I started calling it a spaghetti monster because of the Pastafarian monster. It's the first thing that came to mind when I saw it...lol
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Aug 13 2015
05:55:30 PM
WithyWillow Glider Visit WithyWillow's Photo Album 97 Posts
Here's the wicked spaghetti monster in all his Noodiliness. Tremble before him with fear!


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Aug 13 2015
07:14:42 PM
Vicki2015 Glider Visit Vicki2015's Photo Album 68 Posts
That looks confusing and scary! Lol poor little guy thanks for sharing, been waiting to see the picture of it
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Aug 13 2015
07:48:36 PM
WithyWillow Glider Visit WithyWillow's Photo Album 97 Posts
Okay, I ran my little experiment. I put Sebastian in my shirt and put the spaghetti monster on top of my shirt. He didn't mind that. So, I took it a step further and stuck some of the tentacles in my shirt. He sniffed at them curiously, but still no panic attack. He just kept grooming me and popping happily back and forth with me like we do every evening (yes, I pop back at him).

I think it's safe to assume that it was just a bad idea to hang this in his cage while he was sleeping. It's not the most attractive toy, I admit. I thought he'd enjoy exploring all the chambers inside. I guess this thing is what suggie nightmares are made of.
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Aug 14 2015
04:45:48 AM
Kferg Face Hugger Visit Kferg's Photo Album 577 Posts
Lol I'm sorry for lol-ing Sebastian! That really is too funny and too cute. I'm glad it was the giant noodlie thing that was so scary and not the scent of new gliders! What a precious little critter you have.
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Aug 14 2015
03:18:16 PM
dave.klatz Joey 39 Posts
one way to scare a glider is the vacuum. i thought dogs were scared of it, they got nothing on a sugar glider. now whenever i have to vacuum the room the gliders are in i have to move them 3 rooms away with all connecting doors closed.
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Aug 14 2015
06:46:09 PM
WithyWillow Glider Visit WithyWillow's Photo Album 97 Posts
Sebastian is a weak, delicate little flower. He might be an intact male, but you wouldn't guess it by the way he acts. Which really makes him all the more special since he was a rescue. Poor guy has had a rough life, and yet he's remained such a gentle glider. I LOL'd at him too. He does keep life interesting around here. He's not the mightiest suggie of them all, but he still managed to slay me <3
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Aug 14 2015
07:12:12 PM
Kferg Face Hugger Visit Kferg's Photo Album 577 Posts
Aw, this site needs a like button!
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Aug 15 2015
08:01:14 AM
emolga Joey Visit emolga's Photo Album 28 Posts
lmao awww poor baby
at least he seems ok with it now!
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