A Brand New World
After a day or two, I decide to take Cammie out to play. First, I make a safe play area with a folding wire
enclosure, a "playpen" of sorts. I put in some food and loose tunnels for hiding spots.
I won't try to grab Cammie to get her out of the cage, because I know that would scare her and she might
bite. Instead, I give her a "safe" way out. I can let her crawl into a tunnel or other small container. In this
case, I have a tunnel that is attached to a wheel on one side and a cage opening on the other. Cammie crawls into this
tunnel to run in the wheel, and I carefully slip it off the cage. I put the whole tunnel, including Cammie, in the playpen
and give her some time to crawl out.
At first, Cammie is very nervous. She sniffs and starts to come out a few times, but goes back each time.
Eventually, she comes all the way out and begins exploring. I lightly touch her back. She doesn't react. I give her a soft
pet. She's fine with that. Some hamsters are nervous at the slightest touch of a hand, but Cammie seems okay with it.
That's a good sign.
"This tunnel doesn't seem to go anywhere."