Meet Po. Yes named after Kung Fu Panda, Po.
Po is now about double in size from this photo, somewhere between the size of a rat and a hamster. He arrived in a pet store in bad shape after being attacked by the brood he was in. Who knows? Maybe he was “different” in some way the brood could not tolerate. A caring staff person rehabilitated him to allow his scars to heal. Then he became a member of our household.
Occasionally he roams out of his cage. He has the sweetest temperament of any hamster we’ve been around, so when he roams we place his cage on the floor so he can access water and do not worry. Thus far he has been smart enough to stay away from consuming fallen leaves from possibly toxic houseplants.
Last night was one of those times he was on the loose so I listened for any sounds before falling asleep. Sometime around 2 a.m. I woke from a deep sleep to scritching sounds on my bedding. I became really awake when Po reached my hair. I think I got out of bed the fastest I ever have and had to turn the light on to get a hold of him since he was having so much fun. Long live Po.