Pet of the
01/10/2014 09:43:20 AM
This week’s pet is Nickolas, owned by
Kim of Ishpeming.
Now, Nickolas is a very special pet. Here’s what Kim
has to say--
“My pet is neither dog nor cat...it is a sugar glider.
A lot of people don't know what a sugar glider is and
most of the time I tell them it is sort of like a cross
between a bat and an American flying squirrel. The
different aspects of a sugar glider is that they are a
marsupial.. they are nocturnal... they are about very
small. They are no longer then the size of your hand
minus their long somewhat fluffy tail. They have
amazing black markings on their dark gray fur. They are
soft and very social. They have a life span of up to 14
years. Their home land is Australia and Indonesia.
My pet is Nickolas AKA Ninny
He is a male sugar glider, Jan. 30th of 2010 he will be
out of pouch for 2 years.
I had bought his mother, Sassy and his father Snuggles
from a women I know in Wisconsin. They were six months
old at the time. After I had them for about 5 months
sassy had tell-tail signs of carrying two joeys in her
Nickolas and his brother were out of pouch on Jan 30
2008 and were no bigger in size then your pinky, no
longer then the from the tip of your pinky to the
Sadly, they still need to nurse and Sassy refused to let
them back in pouch! So, they both got dehydrated
quickly. It is not un-heard of for a new mother to
reject her first litter of babies.
I was unable to get Nickolas's brother to the vet in
time, but managed to get Nickolas in.
It took two weeks of a sugar/water mix (which was in a
form of a shot which had to be given in the back of his
neck every two hours) along with puppy milk which i had
to give to him thru a syringe into orally.
Today, he is very healthy, spoiled, and happy baby.
Well, my baby anyway!
He cuddles up with me to sleep during the day. He comes
looking for me if I am not in the room when he wakes up
in the evening hours. He is very friendly to everyone.
Oh, and his most favorite food is Hidden Valley Ranch
dressing which he gets on a piece of lettuce or carrot
as a treat. Truth be known once he licks all the ranch
off, he hands you back the veggie hoping for more
dressing on it.
And that is my odd ball, loving, and cute pet Nickolas.
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