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Knight (February 1996 - February 1998)

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When I saw Knight in the pet store, all fluffy and white, I fell in love with him. I thought he would make a perfect father hamster. Knight had a wonderful, sweet personality and was so fuzzy that I loved to cuddle with him.

We first mated him with Queen, who had already had one successful litter with Rook, in September of 1995. So in August of 1996, at the age of 17 months, Queen became pregnant. Unfortunately, we didn't realize that she was probably too old to give birth. She had one large stillborn baby and then, sadly, Queen died too.

At this time, we still had another female, Bishop, Queen and Rook's daughter, whom we thought about mating with Knight. But we had recently had returned to us a sister of Bishop, named Fluffy, who looked a lot like her mother. She had been a class pet for a kindergarten class and, unfortunately, had earned a reputation as a biter. We were very happy to have her back, and with lots of TLC, she became sweet-natured once again. Since I loved the idea of black and white babies, like Queen and Fluffy, who might also be long-haired, like Knight, I decided to mate Knight with Fluffy (see above right photo).

Knight and Fluffy had four adorable babies. Tragically, one of the babies, Oreo, had a birth defect on her leg, causing the others to attack her when she was 2 weeks old. It was probably just an instinct to eliminate a "defect" in the group. The vet fixed her up and we isolated her from the family, but we couldn't prevent Oreo from chewing on her own leg until she bled to death. Again, tragedy struck, because somehow, Fluffy, seemed to wither away until she died. It was as if the babies sucked the life out of her. Despite the tragic circumstances, the remaining 3 babies were healthy and took well to being hand fed from a dropper. In fact, they thrived and were especially tame, because they were used to being handled. We nicknamed them Vanilla (white one), Chocolate (black one) and Swirl (black and white). It was especially hard to give them away, but we had promised them to 3 new owners already. We didn't even have one left for ourselves to keep.

Knight died in February of 1998 at the age of 2 years.

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