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Aw! Look at my happy, peaceful little gerbil friend. He is so relaxed and calm and sleepy.

Close up of a sleeping gerbil with his head slightly sticking out of a hole in a wooden gerbil house.Double aw! That calm happy gerbil is sleeping with his buddy.

Camera is zoomed out. Now you see that sleeping gerbil and in another gerbil house cutout, a second gerbil, sleeping under the first.Make that ON his buddy.

Same gerbils as before, only camera is zoomed out even farther so we can see that they are on the second floor of a two-story gerbil house.While those two gerbils safely slumber, another happy, secure gerbil lazily chews on cardboard under his water bottle. They have not a care in the world…

Same as before, but zoomed out even farther to see a brown gerbil standing in front of the house.…except for the giant predator smashed between the gerbil tank and the window.

Camera is zoomed out even farther, showing the three gerbils and then, behind the tank, a black and white cat.It must be unsettling to always have a giant cat on one side of your tank and a giant human on the other. It’s a miracle these gerbils aren’t stampy* little stressballs all the time.

Meanwhile, our predator finds time to pose, secure in the knowledge that no human or rodent will be able to pry her out of her exactly Oreo-sized stronghold wedged between the window and the gerbil tank.

Said black and white cat, wedged into a tiny space between the window and the gerbil tank. In this photo, she is lying on her back.And there you have a photo tour of two feet of my desk. And a good idea of exactly how much time I have on my hands.

* Gerbils do an excellent double stamp move to alert each other of danger. It is très adorable.

15 thoughts on “Zoom Out

  1. Video of that double-stamp. Pleeeeeease!!!!

    Also, you must start a comic strip of Oreo, just watching the gerbils all day long.

    • Picture me sitting in front of the gerbil tank with my camera at the ready trying to make alarming noises to get the gerbils to stamp.

    • These are my boy gerbils. They are giant. My girl gerbils are probably half their size.

  2. It slightly concerns me that I could guess where this post was going, based on the title and the first photo.
    Also, love what the gerbils have done with their little house – if the doors were originally like that round window. They’re like little architects. :)

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