After the death of one of our gliders a couple months ago we have finally decided to find our dear Nikki a new friend. She has really bonded with us since Scout died and become much more personable. But, I know she needs a fuzz-friend.
We wanted to adopt one that needed a home rather than purchase a new joey, so I found one a short distance away on craigslist that needed to find a home or else. She said she had two males and a female that were unrelated (purchased at separate times from different pet stores) and that were used to being handled.
I went to see them and was somewhat shocked. They lived outside (and had for two years) and were fed corn and pellets and whatever bugs crawled into their cage. It was a nice big cage, but I'm not sure how I feel about them having been outside - she covered them with a tarp on cold nights and it was sheltered from wind/rain - it seemed such a hostile environment.
She told me they were friendly but they crabbed very loudly as she got them out in their pouch (a canvas tote bag).
As I looked in the bag I saw these three beautiful faces looking at me scared to death. She admitted that she only came out to play with them occasionally at night (I think "observe" would be a better word than "play").
I really thought about leaving them and finding a better match for our Nikki, but I couldn't stand to think of them being taken to a shelter either. So, I took them.
Funny thing... she had said she couldn't figure out why they had never had joeys... I looked in the bag again. Three scent patched heads...hmmmm. No females in this group!
Herein lies another problem. How can I put my female in with three un-neutered males? I can't! So I'm not quite sure what we'll do there.
I'm happy to say that they seem to be at least used to human observers but not being touched. I'll give them time. They are loving their new food and seem very eager to play with my little girl although I haven't given them a chance for direct contact yet. I don't see any signs of aggression from any of them.
I'm eager to see how they warm up to us (hopefully) but trying to give them their space and do it on their terms. A much bigger project than what I went looking for but at least I know they are inside away from the elements and away from would-be predators.