Day 9 - December 2
Nine days old—note the brown faces and brownish black coloring
on the dark babies. The "white" babies still
look mostly pink,
with a little bit of white fur just beginning to show.
I notice that the fur has changed color on the dark-furred babies.
The black fur is now blended with brown, for a blackish-brown color. Except for
the four white babies, they all have mostly brown fur on their faces. A baby yawns
and I see its pink tongue, which seems large in comparison to the rest of its
mouth. I also see a baby with something hoarded in its cheek pouch. A baby or
two occasionally seems to try to eat some food from the mother's hoard in the
corner. I'm not sure if they are able to actually swallow it. Next, I see two
babies eating their droppings. It seems disgusting, but I read in a book that
it is normal for hamsters to do this. They can get more nutrition from eating
something after it has passed through their bodies once. Adult hamsters do this
Pikachu heads up the tunnel to get some more food. As she leaves
the nest, the babies fall off of her, one by one. That is, except for one white
baby. She hangs on to her mom a little bit too long and is dragged part way up
the tunnel. She finally lets go of Pikachu, but tries really hard to follow her
mom up the tunnel. Her little legs just can't go uphill that well and finally
she rolls back down the tunnel to the bottom and lands near her brothers and sisters.
She happily crawls into the baby pile and goes to sleep.
I decide to do an experiment. I wonder if the babies will eat
soft foods now. I put a small hunk of bread in the baby pile while Pikachu is
elsewhere. At first one or two babies come over, then a couple more. Pretty soon
over half of the babies are eating the bread. They eat and eat until it's almost
gone. Then they form another baby pile and all go to sleep. I guess that answers
my question about one thing they can eat.