First kill Dec 15, 2010 15:46:39 GMT -5
Post by justahannah on Dec 15, 2010 15:46:39 GMT -5
I feed a mostly-ground frankenprey mix, and I've been thinking about transitioning to whole prey for a while now (my main qualms are the shipping costs for frozen and don't have the time/resources to raise my own) and yesterday I noticed a good deal on a couple feeder mice so I thought why not see if they even have an interest in hunting and how they deal with mouse meat in their food. Just from her personality, I've always thought Akiko would have a strong prey drive, I wasn't so sure about the males since they're usually so laid back, and Ovana's pretty frail so I didn't put her in the tub. The males smelled the mouse curiously then wanted out of the tub to play in the box the mice came home in . The moment Akiko laid eyes on it, I knew it would be over quick....she got all tense and poofed up and rushed it like she was made for it. She had to roll it a couple times to get a grip, but finished it off cleanly and quickly. Since the others didn't care, I let her dispatch both mice. The rescue said she was picked up a stray on the streets, so she might have hunted before but she didn't seem to know what to do with them after death...I chopped each in half with my poultry shears since the hide seemed to frustrate her, but then she just wanted to stash them. I let her go and the cats got a hold of a couple of the halves but only wanted to play with them (even though I watch them devour their own micey kills from outside...they're brats!). Eventually Akiko stole them back and stashed them too, and this morning I can't find any mouse parts so I'm hoping they got eaten and not just re-stashed under my bed or something . Until I find a way around shipping expenses on the frozen, knowing Akikio's so efficient I'll probably occasionally add a feeder into the mix when I find good deals just to get them acclimated to a furry texture.