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So six months ago I decided to get a syrian hamster. I'd spent my childhood living in a rural area so I'd raised/kept lots of animals, mostly birds like doves, chicken and ducks, but also a lamb, dog and rabbits. My mother hates pets so I've always had to train them to be clean and take good care of them, otherwise she wouldn't hesitate to give them away (it happened a lot with the chicks I'd have my chicken hatch). Not having much experience with hamsters I'd asked around and researched as much as I could before building a large cage for my pet, it took me around 2 weeks to build something comfortable and fun enough for my pet. Down to the pet store I go, and among the hamsters I notice a quirky little one, that was standing up in a defensive position and seemed really excitable. I thought that was somewhat charming and figured I'd get her and put my experience to use and...you know, calm her down. Since hamsters are typically pets for younger children, I didn't want her to end up with a kid that wouldn't know how to care for especially nervous rodents. I named her Fahrenheit because I was listening to 'Don't stop me now' non-stop at the time and took her home. Fahrenheit really was tiny, and quite skinny too, but the lady told me she was young so I put it down as that. She was incredibly nervous and would urinate all over me and bite me whenever I made too quick a movement for her liking, but eventually we reached a middle-ground where before handling her, I'd call out her name and coax her towards me, then hold her for short periods of time. Boy did we have fun together, as much fun as a hamster and a human could, without the human smelling of elderberries. .
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I just got back from the pub after a night out with friends. I, as well as 2 other mates were getting dropped back home from another mate who was the designated driver when we came upon a fox? it looked like a fox but with a leaner tail.
Anyway the fox had obviously been hit by a car in its side. At when we first spotted it in the dark while driving it had a had another fox standing over it (either trying to eat it or comfort it i'm not sure, the small time before we realised it was a another fox we thought that it was just a dead animal that the living fox had caught).
The fox was still living, it was in a kind of shock with...blood dribbling out of it's mouth and it tongue handing out twitching with its body. it was in a bad way. We had to put on the cars blinkers so others could pass around.
I got dropped of home while the 2 friends stayed with it to get some towels to wrap it in (I lived only 3kms away) Now i'm here. my 1 friend drove back to pick it up and now they are going to a vet.
I just...it saddens me now, not at the moment but now... that fox is probably considered a pest here in Western Australia (does Australia even have foxes?) and yet it reminds me so much of my cat, what if it was my cat? There was also a smaller fox waiting in the ditch besides the road, was that it's pup? i'll never know.
I'm sad /an/. this probably happens all the time and you don't realize until you see it. I'm posting this because... i'd feel like a robot if I didn't. at the time I was quite emotionless but now i'm a bit saddened.
I'll post an update if there is one.
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I have a question regarding the ecology of wolves, /an/.
I'm highly familiar due to an amateur interest in physical anthropology (university dropout in archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier U in Waterloo, Ontario) and through a couple courses there and as well as reading Jane Goodall's work with the social organization of primates, but I'm having trouble understanding something about wolves.
Wolf packs are familial units, with an Alpha mated pair, and the rest of the ranks of the pack comprised of their offspring.
I have a couple questions, maybe you can help me out.
Are there ever wolves in a wolf pack that are not the offspring of the alpha mated pair?
How is genetic diversity maintained? Like, what is the dispersal of offspring like? And this is kind of a follow-up to my first question.