Spin Cycle: The Great Gerbil Hunt

I have already read some interesting gerbil/hamster stories this week.  But, I have to add this one to the Spin Cycle.  Because it shows a lot of things about our relationship as a Tribe.

A while ago, when Bear was still living in his old house, the girls had some pet gerbils.  The Mother Hen had put the gerbils in their rodent balls.  (Yes, I said rodent balls, but what else would you call these things: )

Anyway, the top must not have locked properly, because one of the gerbils made a great escape.  The Tyrant saw the empty ball and shouted.  The hunt began.  We searched every where for that darn thing. Bear and I walked into the kitchen, just in time to see it scurry across the floor and dive into an open vent.  Bear ran and slid across the floor and shoved his hand into the vent to try to snag the little beast.  But, it ran away from him and went into the duct work under the house. 

All three girls immediately burst into tears.  The blame game starts.  “She put it in the ball!” “She was supposed to be watching them!” “She kicked the ball and sent it into the other room!” Its about 9:00 pm.  It is the middle of February in Michigan.  This gerbil does not have a chance of surviving over night in the duct work.  Bear and I look at each other.  He sighs and shakes his head, “I am going into the crawl space, aren’t I?”

Bear went into the other room and started changing into some warm, grubby clothes.  The Show asked, “Are you really going to get her, Daddy?”  He grumbles, “Yes.” She jumps on him and hugs him, “Thank you, Daddy! I love you!”  So, with a small smile on his face, he went out the back door and started to crawl under the house. 

He can hear the thing in the duct work.  Its little nails on metal echo through the crawl space.  He started taping on the pipes with this flashlight to see if he can track it down.  After about an hour, he has it cornered into a 4 foot stretch of pipe.  Meanwhile, I am in the house with the kids trying to keep them calm.  The Tyrant has been in tears for almost an hour and so she is sticking close to me.  Under the house, Bear shouts up, “I have it cornered!  Can you move into the bedroom and see if you can see it?”  So, The Tyrant and I move into the bedroom.  The Show and The Mother Hen have started watching TV. 

The Tyrant and I see the gerbil in the duct.  She gets excited but it runs the other way.  She starts crying again and I start talking to her trying to calm her down.  Bear shouts, “Keep it down up there!!  You guys are scaring it and I can’t reach it now!”  So, I pick up The Tyrant and move her out to the couch with her sisters.  Bear and I then spend the next hour and a half trying to get the gerbil to go into the opening he has created.  He finally snags it and comes back into the house, gerbil in hand.  He is filthy and freezing as he drops the gerbil into its cage.  He walks into the kitchen and grabs the duct tape.  He then sets it calmly onto of the rodent balls.  “Next time you guys put the gerbils in those things, tape the lid shut.” he very calmly declares and then walks away.

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8 Responses to “Spin Cycle: The Great Gerbil Hunt”

  1. Sammanthia

    LOL. That’s hilarios! It also makes me glad we don’t have gerbils.;)

  2. Sprite's Keeper

    Bwahahaha! Now that is good parenting! I love how the girls all ended up watching TV while you and Bear rescued their poor loved gerbil.
    Okay, time to admit it, have you ever spun one of those balls with the gerbil inside it? I think it’s cruel, but it’s funny! You’re linked!

  3. Casey

    Ha! Now that’s true dedication if the Bear was willing to crawl around up there to get that damn thing back safely. I’m sure you would have had an unpleasant smelling summer if he hadn’t.

  4. blissfully caffeinated

    Casey’s right. It’s good that you got the thing out because the smell would’ve been awful.

    Thanks for the link!

  5. bex

    what a great dad! i bet you all needed some dessert after that!

  6. HeatherPride

    Great story! What daddies won’t do for their little girls, huh?

  7. Captain Dumbass

    You said rodent balls, heh heh.

  8. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Priceless! Those rodent balls are awesome and creepy.
    (Bear is definitely a keeper!)

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