February 29th, 2004

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Peaches, Come Out !

We got to take care of Peaches, S0's class's hamster, for the weekend. Well, I fed him last night, and must have not clamped down the cage securely enough. He's now in a little space under a cabinet, next to the stove. At first we thought somehow he got into the wall (there's a hole behind the stove), but he's a lot more accessible than that. I stuck my hand over small piece of baseboard to the right the stove, and he peeked out after that. There's a peninsula to the right of the stove, and apparently no wood that separates the right edge of the stove from the island. That is much better than the whole area being sealed up. And yeah, we blocked that hole in the wall just in case he tries something stupid. So, now either we (1) lure him out, or (2) move the stove and hope that there isn't even more space under the kitchen island where he can retreat. (Although it not much space to hide in.)

Can't beat that on a Sunday morning !

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Darn little thing !

One step forward, two steps back. We heard Peaches stop scratching, so we decided to go for it and pull back the stove. Not there ! The hole in the wall behind the stove didn't lead to much space (due to wall studs on either side). There's another small hole where the peninsula joins the wall, but it looks really small and we think we'd hear scratching. He probably made a getaway while I was moving the stove and we were distracted. We checked all the obvious places (corners, behind the refrigerator). And we plugged access to the problem area, just in case.

So at best he's laying low for the day, and we'll resume the hunt at night. At worst, well...

At least the spots under the range and refrigerator are clean now. K said she hated hamsters as classroom pets (she used to work for the state) because they were so escape-prone. Yep, she's right on that count !

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The Prodigial Hamster Returns

So, there was no sign of Peaches before we left for dinner at Mom's. But when we came back, O looked around, there he was behind the piano ! O sweet-talked him to an accessible corner, then I grabbed the little miscreant.

We both got something out of the deal. Peaches got the run of the house for about half a day, and I got out of explaining whatever happened to the class pet to S0's teacher.