I haven’t mentioned this yet, but a few weeks ago my son’s last gerbil from the group of three he bought in 2009, the one he called Master Tesla of the group Tesla, Marconi, and Faraday (there was an Edison for a time, too) died of some sort of infection and was buried out in our back yard under the Tupelo tree near Csali, our first poodle. He was an exceptionally intelligent gerbil and very attached to Andy. But gerbils don’t have long lives, unfortunately, only three or four years at best. And one never knows exactly how old they are when they come from the pet store.
But now we have another trio of these very sociable animals, a trio of young and surprisingly frisky ones named Maxwell, (black like Tesla and smart, too) Babbage, and Newton. Babbage is gray with a white blaze on his forehead and Newton is blond as Marconi was. They are very cute and I enjoy watching them and talking to them. I’ll try to get some better photos when they are a little older and calmer.