We feel in love with a Rainbow Lori at the Duluth Zoo here in Minnesota- and just are looking for opinions on them! As well as Sugar Gliders. It would be a while before we make any new addition-I would like to do much more research first. We do know if we were to get a sugar glider, then we should get two- but do they stink like ferrets?
I have many gliders and love them! They do not smell like ferrets do. Males do scent the females and offspring as well as their territory (cage, toys, etc) so if you don't want to deal with a smell either get a neutered male or a female. If handled daily as they should be, then they are the sweetest pets. I have had birds, and currently have cats and dogs and I would not give up my gliders for anything. They make me laugh, and make me happy. I carry one with me all day long, she sleeps in my bra. In the evening she wakes up to play and gets active and runs and jumps and glides around the room and is so fun to play with. They play like cats and chase things as well as swat at things like feathers and strings or ribbons. They are extremely intelligent and a lot of fun. I have an informational website if you want to check out more information on sugar gliders.
TO the lady that has a Lori that doesn't lke to be handled - Did it have a previous owner or are you the first owner? Baby lori's take time to get used to being handled and particularly like only being handled by one person. I am sure if you work with it a little everyday it will let you love on him all the time. Mine likes my daughters but there are times where he doesn't want them to touch him and he will bite. Try getting a piece of a fresh banana when you hold him and hand feed him the banana while you are holdig him. They also like fresh apples and grapes but don't feed them too much as it will make them sick.
***Edited By: StephanieDawn on 5/16/2005 1:40:45 AM*** Reason: Posted the wrong entry
I have a Rainbow Lori who is about 5 yrs old he has a vocabulary of approx 50 words if not more. He mimics the ring of my cordless phone as well as the tones when dialing. He mimics all different kinds of whistles that I have taught him. He will take one of his feet like he is combing his hair and say sexy bird - I'm a sexy bird. He says I love you , Give me kisses, how ya doin, whatcha doing, go to your room, among other things that he is able to say. He does the kissing sound, and Boy can he flirt! I have only had him about 2 weeks. He loves being out of his cage but since they make alot of droppings, he sits on a towel on my shoulder and has a towel to perch on if he stays on the back of the couch. He hads to have soft toys since he is a soft beaked bird and hard toys and cause him to break his beak. In my opinion, Lori's are great birds and love attention.
Sugar gliders only stink when not fed right or you are giving them something like monkey buiscuits or cat food which they should have sparingly if given at all. I don't give mine that. Another thing you should do which cuts the smell of the marking of males, is put a drop or two of cider vinegar in a whole bottle of water. This neutralizes the smell and also is good for their digestive tract and keeps things working good there :) Also, be sure to clean the cage bottom once a week, and clean the entire cage 1 a month. They do have food fights and food tends to get on the cage and sometimes that's the smell most folks don't care for :)
its a tiny lil bub which i intend to hand raise! :)
his name is Tokyo. as he likes quiet! he also loves cuddles!!!
i work in a near-by (perth WA) vet clinic, this bub was found dropped outta a nest across the rd at a golf course. i've only had him a day and so far been loving every min of it....part from his 'spray-poo' that got me once now!
i'm feeding him wet lorri mix 4 times a day about 5-7mls recommeded by our wildlife carer we work through. followed by 'baby food' pears! he likes his pears!
has any1 here hand raised one b4? got any good advice for me?
one thing i am not sure of, between his feeds, do i leave him to rest and sleep, or do i socialise with him to make him more hand tame, i've been told he's averagely 6wk old now. starting to feather.