Hello guys, my name is Vixen. The situation I've found myself in may be one a few people have had. The story behind my new Sugar Gliders is complicated..
Basically, the first owner had a bonded pair , (male and female) for a few years. they were extremely neglected as they didn't know much about these marsupials.
They were then taken on by someone who knew even less about them. He's who I got them from. He soon found himself way over his head. Two years later the female was pregnant and the male passed away. I believe due to depression or a poor diet.
The female (who at this point still hasn't been named) had her baby during the hurricane Irma, September 11. He's only five months old. These gliders were kept in a cage that was two feet tall and three feet wide (could of been smaller) their whole lives. He began desperately searching for anyone to take them at that point.. which is when he asked his best friend.. my boyfriend who then in turn asked me. Long story short as soon as I heard these babies needed a better home I jumped on the chance to save them. I mean, I had too.
So now the mom is at five years (Rough guess) and the baby (The second owner named Irma) is five months in two days. They have never had toys, or bonded with humans.. They've never been held. I know they're nocturnal but some nights they don't wake until the am, much like tonight. It's currently 3am and I've tried literally everything I could think of and I still can't coax them out of their pouch. I keep reminding myself that we've only had them for a week and we just got them a new cage (7ft with accessories) so they might be nervous or scared but I'm scared myself. I have no idea what I'm doing. I've been researching like crazy since they arrived. I can't believe how much misinformation there is. I'm not sure how to go about bonding or introducing toys/treats to them. What to start their diets off with... they go to the vets in about a month and a half.. I know this will take a while, possibly over a year and that I need to be patient but I'm just worried something is wrong or I'm messing up.. I just want to give them the best life I can. I want them to be happy. I'll try anything for them.. Thank you for reading.
any tips or advice will be greatly appreciated!!
-Confused New Sugar Mom