Eliza was dubious at first, but by 7 that evening I was loading Honey, Lychee, and their brand-new aquarium into the back of Funny You Can’t Tell Me What To Do You are Not My Grandbaby T Shirt, sweater. I really had intended just to buy some time to find them a good home I already had three cats, a parrot, and one slightly high-maintenance but very lovable poodle. Still, predictably, over the coming days they grew on me. Out they popped from their little hutch when I swooped in a hand to feed them, and graciously accepted baby carrots between their two front paws. I delighted in watching them whenever I had a spare minute. Unlike hamsters, gerbils are diurnal, and happily frolicked about during daylight hours building burrows in their bedding, rearranging the furniture in their habitat, and occasionally, inexplicably, pausing perched on their hind legs to glare at me and rub their fore paws together nefariously, as though plotting my imminent demise. If they WERE plotting my demise, they did it in the most adorable way ever.