Lone Glider Vs Colony Behavior

The behavior of a lone glider and a glider in pairs is incredibly different. While an owner may think their lone glider is perfectly happy they have probably never seen it with another glider.

A lone glider will spend much of its time awake on a wheel. The wheel is a common toy that almost all gliders love and enjoy but if an owner would record time spent in a wheel before put with other gliders and after the time drastically decreases. A lone glider will get in the wheel and run for hours at a time without stopping, while a glider in a colony, or pair more frequently run for a few moments, stop for a while, and then run for a few moments again.

Lone gliders may show Signs Of Depression signs of depression] that many gliders in a colony do not show signs of.

A lone glider is more likely to demonstrate Self Mutilation after a surgical procedure, most commonly a neuter. It is believed that, without other gliders to occupy its time, a lone glider is more likely to fixate on a wound or on themselves and start to self mutilate, although being in a colony does not eliminate the possibility.

Bonding with a lone glider generally takes a significantly larger amount of time than with a glider in a pair or colony. Being alone adds unneeded stress on the glider preventing it from learning to trust the owner. Many times a glider that would be hard to bond by itself will see that their friends have bonded to you- initially speeding the process up.

Last Edited August 30, 2007