Watch Ronnie and Derek rifling through their food ‘bouquets’, picking out the best bits of some rat muesli and making a mess in the process – not exactly ‘keeping up appearances’!
Leaving a ‘cheesy ball’ potato snack on top of Ronnie and Derek’s cage is one way to keep them occupied, although not often as they’re not exactly nutritious!
Watch the videos below to watch them in action – the first one is the ‘fisticuff’ highlights and the second one has more of the action.
Ronnie’s been caught on camera stealing from Derek – see video below.
It’s the usual routine – Derek goes to the side of their house with a couple of rat nuggets, then Ronnie spots him, goes up on top of the house and launches an air assault by stealing one of the nuggets Derek has. Usually there’s a bit of protestive squeaking from Derek but he was quiet this time.
I suspect Derek takes two nuggets because he knows Ronnie’s likely to steal one. It’s a mystery though why Derek always goes down the side of the house when he must realise Ronnie will be a thief – but perhaps it’s more of a mystery why Ronnie has to steal from Derek in the first place when they both have easy access to the nuggets!
Derek’s previously ejected a wooden tomato toy from their house (see post here) and has now taken to ejecting their soft toy elephant!
Watch the video below.
Ronnie and Derek love eating sweetcorn and I gave them some to eat from a cob. They enjoyed it a lot, as shown in the video below, but shortly afterwards the ‘sweet turned to sour’ as they started wrestling over the cob!
I now cut the corn off and place it in their mini-buckets for them to avoid any wrangling.
Listen out for the loud noise they make when eating the sweetcorn!
Watch below a video of Ronnie and Derek enjoying tucking into the remains of a cooked piece of chicken. They weren’t allowed to eat the whole thing – just a small bit!
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Ronnie and Derek are occasionally allowed to lick up the remains of food, such as from the bottom of yoghurt pots – see video below. They’re not allowed to do it too much otherwise they’d become overweight and risk ingesting too much sugar!
Ronnie and Derek love sniffing intently when they know there’s food about – they’d surely love to wear a perfume that was the smell of food (possibly branded ‘Odour Food’). Watch the video below to see them getting over-excited about sniffing out a meal that was nearby!
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