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minervasden
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How did the realities of your first exotic or first pet compare to your expectations? Was your pet more difficult than expected, much easier or approximately how you thought it would be?

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Posted : April 13, 2017 8:28 pm
TamanduaGirl
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I choose 2. I mean I got an anteater that was lovely from the start and soon slept in bed with me but the dealing with an import part, she arrived sick and not eating and felt in over my head but we pulled her through.

My fennec fox site: http://tiny-foxes.com
My anteater site: http://www.livingwithanteaters.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TamanduaGirl

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Posted : April 14, 2017 12:12 am
TamanduaGirl
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As for Ikigai the fennec. He's way more mellow than I was anticipating, but maybe that's a baby thing, we'll see if he stays that way.

My fennec fox site: http://tiny-foxes.com
My anteater site: http://www.livingwithanteaters.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TamanduaGirl

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Posted : April 14, 2017 12:14 am
Ana
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I chose 2, because Corso. I had raised neonates before, it wasn't that. I wasn't prepared for the
eventuality of him growing away from me, and not needing me anymore. He's coming around,
and I'm so thankful, but that distance between us has hurt really bad.

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Posted : April 14, 2017 1:21 am
Ash
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I think for me, it is number 4. I expected Fable (red fox) to be a devil animal, lol. It made me prepare for the worse. I thought that he wouldn't stay sweet and mellow and that he would "wild up" at around 8 months, becoming untouchable and skittish. But he turned out to be a great fox and has stayed social and friendly with people. When you expect the worst, you typically get something better than you expected. Smile

I'm Fable and Ifrit's mommy. Also mommy to Carousel, Breeze, and a bunch of snakes, lizards, and spiders. Oh, and one amphibian!

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Posted : April 14, 2017 2:01 pm
Ana
 Ana
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I'm also a fan of preparing for the worst - less surprises! :lol:

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Posted : April 14, 2017 2:03 pm
Juska
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The only "exotic" I've had were rats but I chose option 4. I prepared the best I could and I had been reading up on care for years beforehand. All of my rats were good little critters, they never had tumors or any of the other horrors you read about them getting. The worst I had was when Johnny got myco, but some doxy cleared it right up and he took his medicine very willingly...he also had a very small rectal prolapse at one point but it went back in and never happened again. Luckily I had read about both of these things and knew what to do, for the most part :egeek:

Pet parent of Emo the border collie mix and Namira the domestic shorthair cat

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Posted : April 19, 2017 8:44 am
pat
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my first exotic was sybil. after raising her all the other that followed was a breeze. :lol:
she was like a wild bear cub. I think the breeder pulled her from momma the day of the sale. :roll:

took me 6 months to get her to settle down. she bit, scratched when we first got her.
bottle feeding her was a nightmare. it was a two person job. had to have the 2nd bottle ready and do a quick switch.

benny was a dream. he was actually, pet quality.

http://sybilsden.com Sybils Den

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Posted : April 22, 2017 11:42 am
Minty
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I chose 3 because I binge researched Flying Squirrels. Most of the difficulty around Petri was completely unrelated to him. (Ie the car broke down in Southern Alabama on our way back to Florida from Tennessee and we had to wait several hours in pitch black with a hungry squirrel and cold formula)
However, now that I have him and he's practically grown up, it's so wonderful. I love being able to take him everywhere with me, and his adorable little antics (Perhaps trying to stache nuts in my nose and belly button aren't everyone's idea of adorable, but I see it that way).

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Posted : July 27, 2017 7:18 pm
Ash
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(Perhaps trying to stache nuts in my nose and belly button aren't everyone's idea of adorable, but I see it that way).

No, that's too cute, haha. Sounds adorable to me!

I'm Fable and Ifrit's mommy. Also mommy to Carousel, Breeze, and a bunch of snakes, lizards, and spiders. Oh, and one amphibian!

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Posted : July 27, 2017 11:22 pm
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