‘Chatty’ de­gus in need of home

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

IN mid – May, we will be hold­ing an art ex­hi­bi­tion at our pop-up fur­ni­ture shop in Ruis­lip to raise funds for our branch and we are look­ing for lo­cal artists to take part.

As well as oil, wa­ter and colour, we are also ac­cept­ing pho­to­graphs, sculp­tures and ce­ram­ics.

There will be a mod­est charge to ex­hibit and we will re­tain a com­mis­sion on any work sold (al­though you could do­nate your work and we will re­tain 100 per cent).

The event will run for one week and we will have a re­cep­tion/pre­view evening to kick things off

If you would like to take part, please reg­is­ter your in­ter­est by email­ing paul@ rsp­camid­dle­sex.org. uk or call me on 020 8429 5604.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open for pub­lic view­ing dur­ing shop trad­ing hours.

Meet Dex­ter and Diego.

Dex­ter and Diego are one-year-old male de­gus who have been put into our care.

De­gus are in­ter­est­ing an­i­mals – orig­i­nat­ing from Chile, , they live on the coastal l plains of the An­des.

They are very friendly and love hu­man com­pany, al­though they don’t like to be han­dled too much. Be­ing in­tel­li­gent an­i­mals they need a lot of stim­u­la­tion and a large cage to keep ac­tive in. They are awake dur­ing day­light hours so can be fun to watch and quite chatty too.

They need a sand bath at least daily and they need a very spe­cific diet ass they can­not di­gest su su­gar and car­bo­hy­drate, w which makes them prone to di­a­betes.

These lit­tle chaps, like al all de­gus, love to chew so it is very im­por­tant to gi give them the cor­rect ca cage or they will es­cape.

They can live for up to ei eight years.

Re­mem­ber that a pet is a long-term com­mit­ment an and you should think lo long and hard be­fore m mak­ing any de­ci­sions.

You will also need to in in­vest in a good, large cage so space and bud­get are im­por­tant things to con­sider.

If you think you could of­fer a for­ever home to Diego and Dex­ter (they must stay to­gether) or any of the small an­i­mals, cats and rab­bits we cur­rently have look­ing for a home for life, then please call us on 020 8966 9688 or email us at info@ rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk.

To view some of the many pets we have look­ing for new homes you can visit our web­site at www.rspca-mid­dle­sex. org.uk where you will also find more in­for­ma­tion about the work we do at RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West Branch.

Here’s look­ing for­ward to a fan­tas­tic 2017.

VERY FRIENDLY: De­gus Dex­ter and Diego

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