#1 Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff (5441 posts) -

Hey guys, so I opened my front door just now and saw this: 
 

 
I am guessing this is a hamster? I don't have any experience with these. I put out water just now, but I have no idea how long it has been out there. It is 11pm and we are in the process of moving and going to Japan, so I can't take it in and care for it. I was thinking in the morning I could take it to a pet store or something, and ask around my neighborhood beforehand to see if it belongs to anyone that might have lost it.  It is just roaming around my front door, probably because it is raining right now and there is cover.
 
Does anyone have experience with hamsters? It is a hamster, right, and not a gerbil? :P There aren't wild hamsters roaming around in Texas are there?  
 
I wanted to ask here as I don't have the time to do thorough research right now on hamsters/gerbils. Surely there is someone here who has experience with them that can give quick advice.
#2 Edited by Daveyo520 (6860 posts) -

It is a Guinea pig. I sadly don't know what to do with it.
 
 It is quite different than the bat that that was at my door today.

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#3 Edited by Diamond (8634 posts) -

Can you call animal control?  Maybe they'll take the thing and hold it and the owner can claim it?
 
I wouldn't know what to do or think either.  Doesn't look like a wild animal but I dunno.

#4 Posted by PoppaKyle (219 posts) -


Daaaaww.

 

I dunno man, put up fliers, ask around?

#5 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

It looks like a Guinea Pig and not a hamster. Probably somebody's pet that got out. It doesn't look rabid, but you still shouldn't touch it. Got a cardboard box?

#6 Posted by canucks23 (1087 posts) -

looks like a guinea pig... this is probably the wierdest scenario i've read about in a while

#7 Posted by Barrock (3545 posts) -

This thread made me laugh quite loudly. It most likely snuck out of someone's house. Make posters and ask around dude. Feed it carrots.

#8 Posted by Daveyo520 (6860 posts) -

What ever you do, don't take it to Ecuador.

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#9 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

Hamster, Gerbil, they're all rats to me. Just take it inside of your house and when it stops raining you should ask your neighbors.

#10 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

Someone, quick, post a South Park video!

#11 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5441 posts) -

Ohhh, a guinea pig! For some reason that never went through my head. Thanks!   
 
It went under the car, and now it is in the bushes. I have a cardboard box ready just in case. Now that I know what it is, this will be much easier.

#12 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

If you have some old newspaper handy you can shred some and make a bed for it in the box. But I wouldn't bet on it staying in there since it seems to be the adventurous type. And like others have said, carrots.

#13 Posted by CowMuffins (1760 posts) -

Take it inside pronto, otherwise the owls are going to get to it.

#14 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5441 posts) -

I have opened my garage door and turned the light on so it can go in there if it wants better cover. I will put up flyers tomorrow if isn't still raining, and make sure the person can identify it before I show them it to make sure they're not some guinea pig rapist or something. If that doesn't work, I found out that there is a rescue shelter for guinea pigs a couple of hours or so from here. I was planning on going to Walmart tonight anyways, so if it stays I will get it some food.

#15 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -
@Daveyo520 said:
" What ever you do, don't take it to Ecuador. "
#16 Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff (5441 posts) -

K, it is in my garage now. Time to go shopping for some food! I love 24-hour Walmarts. 
 
Edit: I have named it Ryo, as in Ryo Hazuki.

#17 Posted by InfamousBIG (3212 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe:  Grab your shotgun.
#18 Posted by Damien (1384 posts) -

I wish guinea pigs would show up on my doorsteps.  Hmph.

#19 Edited by TheHT (11513 posts) -

Tastes good in a stew. You should eat well before your trip.

#20 Posted by neckface (61 posts) -

oh dear, that dog looks sick :(

#21 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe said:
" K, it is in my garage now. Time to go shopping for some food! I love 24-hour Walmarts. 
 
Edit: I have named it Ryo, as in Ryo Hazuki. "
You cant name it! Now your gonna wanna keep it! 
#22 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5441 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man: Noooooo what have I doooone 
 
Nah, I am not worried about it! I am moving to Oklahoma and going to Japan on the 15th, so I am unable to take care of Ryo properly. I am taking him (her?) to a guinea pig rescue shelter tomorrow that is about three hours away. 
 
 
I have a favor to ask of Photoshop artists. I am writing a blog post (and I will credit you with a link to your profile under the picture), and I was hoping I could get a Photoshop of a guinea pig's face onto Lan Di. Thank you!
#23 Posted by ninjakiller (3405 posts) -

Catch it and eat it.  

#24 Posted by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -

The look on it's face tells me that he met Richard Gere at some point...and regretted it.

#25 Posted by Jimbo (9866 posts) -

That's a rabbit or some shit, just look around until you find it's nest and put it back, it'll be fine.

#26 Posted by Extreme_Popcorn (842 posts) -

People in Peru eat them so ask around and see if there are any hungry Peruvians

#27 Posted by Capum15 (4928 posts) -

Best clip I could find.

  But on a serious note, that thing looks kinda cute. But yeah, put up posters and whatnot; ask around. If that fails...there's a Guinea Pig shelter? Really? Hah, wow.
#28 Posted by Arbie (1449 posts) -

Awh man, how sweet are you. Yeah it's a guinea pig, they are great and as long as you don't leap on it with a net it shouldn't bite you. Just lure it in with food, then try get it in a box and put some shredded newspaper (or something like that) in with it so it stays warm. Try not to scare it, they are timid little things, mine died in a minor earthquake! Update on how things for with Ryo and if you find the owner!

#29 Posted by mikevanpwn (401 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe: 
    
#30 Posted by Damian (1538 posts) -

I don't know why, but this is the funniest thing I've seen all week. I suppose it's because you asked us what to do in a pinch, as if it's going to multiply in the rain.

#31 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -
@Daveyo520 said:
" What ever you do, don't take it to Ecuador. "
care to elaborate ? 
 
dunno why im getting a south park vibe from that sentence
#32 Posted by Marino (4736 posts) -
@Damian said:
" I don't know why, but this is the funniest thing I've seen all week.  "
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#33 Posted by yakov456 (1917 posts) -

That is pretty nice of you if you are willing to drive 3 hours to a shelter for a guinea pig. Better person than me.

#34 Posted by Daveyo520 (6860 posts) -
@Ahmad_Metallic:
That was Peru. In Ecuador they eat Guinie Pigs. Like for real.
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#35 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5441 posts) -

Ryo is doing very well! He has been happily eating and drinking all day. I made him a little home in an old footlocker I had. I am gonna load it up in the car in the morning and take him to that rescue shelter. 
 
I appreciate the quick responses! I had totally identified him as the wrong kind of animal, which could have gone bad when it came to feeding habits and such. I figured there had to be people on here that knew more than I did or owned one, and I was right!  I just wanted to do the best thing possible for it as quickly as I could, as I had no idea how long it had been out there. I found out that guinea pigs can die if they don't have food for 12 hours from "gut stasis". 
 
I got real lucky with the whole guinea pig rescue shelter being nearby too! I am gonna load up some pics/video later. So furry!

#36 Posted by rjayb89 (7726 posts) -

Dude, somebody totally put that there to spy on you.  Didn't you watch G-Force?

#37 Posted by MB (12715 posts) -

Don't get it wet or feed it after midnight.

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#38 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2834 posts) -

There's a Guinea pig Shelter?  I want to see pictures of that.

#39 Posted by emkeighcameron (1876 posts) -
@MB said:
" Don't get it wet or feed it after midnight. "
I was waiting for a Gremlins reference
#40 Posted by sixghost (1679 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe said:
" Ryo is doing very well! He has been happily eating and drinking all day. I made him a little home in an old footlocker I had. I am gonna load it up in the car in the morning and take him to that rescue shelter.  I appreciate the quick responses! I had totally identified him as the wrong kind of animal, which could have gone bad when it came to feeding habits and such. I figured there had to be people on here that knew more than I did or owned one, and I was right!  I just wanted to do the best thing possible for it as quickly as I could, as I had no idea how long it had been out there. I found out that guinea pigs can die if they don't have food for 12 hours from "gut stasis".  I got real lucky with the whole guinea pig rescue shelter being nearby too! I am gonna load up some pics/video later. So furry! "

How long has it been since you found the thing? You should probably wait for 2-3 days if you can, since it's most likely a pet of one of your neighbors. Have you knocked on the doors of some of the people that live near you? Even though you're taking it to a shelter, it would still suck for the owner if they never got their pet back.
#41 Posted by lilman1101 (1074 posts) -

 

 Problem Solved.

#42 Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff (5441 posts) -
@MB said:

" Don't get it wet or feed it after midnight. "

Fuck.  
 
@sixghost: I am about to move and don't have time to wait to try and find the owner. I also don't feel 100% comfortable returning it to an owner that let him get loose like this in the first place. I know accidents happen, but since I don't know the situation I'd rather be safe. I am going to put up flyers after I take him saying where the owner can go to pick him up if they want. I'll at least figure that they care if they are willing to drive three hours to get him. 
 
And if he belongs to the people next-door, then I know for sure that him finding me is a much better situation for him. My neighborhood isn't exactly the nicest, and the people next-door...ugh.