Alex is the one most likely to be heard galumphing from one corner of the cage to the other. She's definitely the more genteel of the two - she tends to scream bloody hell whenever she thinks someone's looking at her funny!
From day one I started making kissing noises whenever I was going to approach them, hoping not to startle them. I'm consistent about this. When I make those noises, they still run for cover, but in less of a panic - a little slower than before. Sometimes I can even walk past the cage without them dashing off.
I can sometimes catch Alex sneaking a glance at me out of the corner of the cage, partly hidden by the fleece tent!
So here are some photos of Rosie:
Anyway. . .
Just weighed the girls. Alex came to me weighing 1567 grams. Tonight she's 1618 grams - 3.56 pounds!
Rosie came in at 1813 grams and is now 1841 grams - 4.05 pounds. I guess it's a good thing that they're gaining weight, right?
Who else remembers the Dr. Suess book, A Fish Out of Water?
When I do finally get her on my lap, the hides her face, usually in the crook of my elbow and refuse to show her face. After a few minutes, she'll peek out, and give me the cutie-pi eye:
After a few rounds of peek-a-boo, she's out for good:
Then, at last, she's comfortable enough to square off with me and show me all her cuteness:
Rosie is the bigger one - she weighs over 4 pounds! She's also the more tame one. Alex is a little smaller, but not by much.
Too bad they're still so camera shy, or I would have taken a video. It was pretty funny. Rosie, the larger of the two (who, by the way weighed in this week at 1900 grams) has quite a large flappy dewlap. Her version of popcorning was mostly a quick hop then shaking her head like a dog with a chew toy. Another little hop, more shaking, etc. until she crossed the length of the 2x5 cage.
I think she took a nap after that.