Cute Overload :D
No, sugar gliders simply could not be any cuter… I mean, look at this little guy crawlin’ around. They’re totally Beady-eye Central Pocket Pets. Paris Hilton is soooo gittin’ one ASAP.
Krista H., what’s his lil’ name!?
That looks like it would tickle…
Hey, lil’ fella. It’s “Cats-n-Racks,” not “Sugar-Gliders-n-Racks.” Nice try, though.
His big eyes make me giggle. He looks like he just saw something shocking.😎
what beoootiful brown eyes!
/no, not the sugarglider
I hope not. Sugar gliders are not impulse pets. They require lots of special care and attention, not to mention a few of their own kind.
Sugar Gliders and Spandex Girdles?
Well I’m glad to finally know that a sugarglider is.. um.. a batlike creature?? I need to google them.. I saw them referred to before and chose to remain clueless, but now they’re haunting me.
See? See? Seeeeeeeee?
It’s just like that crazy woman I worked with at Bank of Evil, walking around all day with a super concentrated packet of cute in her bra.
Duh! Why hasn’t Port-A-Snorg already branched out in this hot new cute technology? I bet the Japanese already have prototypes in production.
Umm… It’s illegal to have Sugar Gliders as pets
Rats-n-Racks? Just kidding, but it really sounded good. Eye-to-head ratio on this one is enormous! Lil’ Miss Brown Eyes is cute, too.
Sugar Gliders are only illegal in some states.
He sure is cute, wish we could see all of him
The sugar-glider is making the same face my bunny used to when she wanted kisses. *streeeetch* “kiiiisssssssessssssss”
Also, eeeee. I’ve never met them in person, but they look so cute!
I just looked it up. The illegal states to own a sugar glider are Alaska, Hawaii, California, Massachusetts, and Georgia.
This pic threw me off for a second, as the girl in it looks very much like my sis-in-law. But she has a chinchilla, not a sugar glider. /random
I had a sugar glider once. Their bites hurt like crazy! He wasn’t very happy by himself, so we gave him to a sugar glider rescue. They also make a horrible noise like an electric pencil sharpener when they’re scared or mad. Google “sugar glider sounds” and listen to it. You’ll be surprised that that loud noise comes from that little creature!
The sugar glider is making a face??
I’m so out of the loop.
Aw, he looks so sweet.
Yep, they’re totally legal here in Texas. A friend of mine got one. Oh man, they are adorable, but I have never heard so much noise from such a little creature. It was terrifying. And then adorable.
Even worse when that sound is coming out someone’s cleavage.
wow! i made it! the sugar glider’s name is furbat… since he looks like a furry bat. he’s not illegal in my state, but he sure is a lot of work, not an impulse pet. he’s a cutie though! thanks for the wonderful comments
Hey Jenne! Sugar gliders are like flying squirrels, except they’re marsupials. No wings, just a furry flap of skin between their front and back paws (you should see them when they’re all spread out in mid-glide!)
My boyfriend really wanted one, but unfortunately they’re illegal in MA. (Flying squirrels are not, however! In fact, they are native to the region!).
Mid-flight huh, I do belive we have that one here… http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2005/12/this_just_in_sh.html
You know what would be fun? Being the Crazy Sugar Glider Lady. Then, instead of just throwing cats at people, you could a hurl a sugar glider who would glide in for a landing. Just sayin…
I know there’s a sugar glider in the picture but it’s hard to see when there’s a beautiful brown eyed girl staring at me :-p
Cute girl, cute pet!
sugar gliders are kinda scary to me. my boyfriend has one and it makes scary noises and moves really fast and skittery and pees on everything. and yes, their bites huuuuurt.
i used to like it more… but the night that she jumped on my face and clawed my eyeball and the side of my face knocked her WAYYY down to the bottom of the “cute list.”
“i used to like it more… but the night that she jumped on my face and clawed my eyeball and the side of my face knocked her WAYYY down to the bottom of the “cute list.””
grrr! – you admit, though, she remains *on* the cute list.
Laurie C. –
haha yeah… as long as it stays far far away from my face. 😄
It would be way cuter if it was not in ur shirt! Take it out, itake it out! Well dont if u wanna be in a porn show. Email if you want (you porn star).
Well, we don’t *know* this is a pet sugar glidder.
Maybe she was just sitting there, then suddenly — ooh, that tickles, and there it was.
Could happen to anyone.
Gaaaaah. Grrr, my eye! Icky story! Sorta like monkeys throwing their poo at everyone. Not cute!
ok.. checked out the pic of flying sugar glider.. now that is NOT something I’d want in my house. OMG the very thought CREEPS ME OUT! They are kind of cute in a zoo animal sort of way though.
I just got a pair a few weeks ago, and they are ridiculously adorable. As mentioned above, they are not an impulse pet and take some serious care. Their defensive noise is indeed pretty alarming, but if you take the time to bond with them correctly, they won’t bite or make the scary noise, but instead love you and snuggle you to death.
I’ll send some pics to Meg once we’re done bonding and I can get them to pose (preferrably near my rack)…
OK, I understand it’s Friday afternoon… but does anybody else need clarification as to whether Specklet is talking about sugargliders or boobs?
(…at least until the very last word)
No, TO, just you😛
I know they’re not really bats but they look enough like them for a small cheat:
As a single-female pet owner and all-’round animal enthusiast with more than a few years in the biz of “Wildlife rehab,”… the title of “Bats ‘n Racks” totally appeals to me as a title for any creature who uses under-arm membranes to travel through the air.
That’s a Nature-Nerd’s perspective, for what it’s worth. 😉
this stuffing animals down your shirt thing is getting old… and boring…
attention seeking much?
fug doesn’t help either.
James, James, James…
“You’ll be surprised that that loud noise comes from that little creature!”
Conures. Small and deafening!
Did you know bats have their nipples in their armpits?
James! Send your photo in to me STAT, man! I wanna see what you got.
Redzilla, I have a port-a-snorg idea to talk to you about—I’ll ping you!
my friend has three sugar gliders. they do bite really hard and are super crabby if you wake them up in the middle of the day.
the one commenter who said her boyfriend’s sugar glider is mean..its probably because she lives by herself. sugar gliders are extremely social animals and will chew their own legs off/become very depressed if they live on their own. its also very hard to bond with a sugar glider on their own because they’re so scared.
and yeah, they are a huge responsibility and not like most caged animals. fresh fruit every night, and you have to make these weird ‘ice cream cubes’ for them made out of a billion different expensive ingredients as their main food.
Suger Gliders are NOT pets.
They are wild animals, native to Australia that shouldn’t be in cages. Stupid americans… Let me guess, it’s your god given right to have one.
Its eyes… are so… o_o beady? I think all this cuteness on top of a weeklong sickness is making my brain implode.
And for the record, not only is the FOOD for a sugar glider very expensive, the animals themselves are, as well. I know it’s recommended that you never keep one by itself, yet the only time I’ve EVER seen them for sale, they were $200 apiece! At the time I was only ten or so, and I wanted one immediately because I had no idea how hard they are to take care of and I thought they were so cute.
Luckily for everyone (not least the sugar glider him/herself), my mom refused to get me a $200 pet. ^_^
But anyways, think of it. $200 for one, and you should definitely NOT get only one, so at least $400 just for the pets and then all that money for their food.
As cute as sugar gliders are, they are not pets. It may be legal to own them in some states in the us, but they are native to tropical Australia, and it is highly illegal to own them here (as it is for most non-domesticated animals). I was watching one of those american animal hospital shows a few years ago and I was totally outraged when someone brought a dying sugar glider in. I though it must have been imported illegally (because there is a huge trade in black market native Australia animals to places like Japan, especially the cute ones), but I was outraged to to find out after some research, that it is totally legal to own them in some states! The owner clearly had no idea where these animals come from, or how to look afer it. And of course, it died in a very short time. I’m not arguing that all people who own a sugar glider don’t know how to look after them, people who come to cuteoverload most definitely love their pets and are probably very good at looking after them, but the point I’m trying to make is that they should be kept as pets. By anyone.
Why does western culture (ie capitalism) decree that everything is for sale? Why can’t we enjoy watching cute (or even not so cute animals, if that’s whay you’re into) in the enviroment to which they are adapted? I mean, I love monkeys, especially cute small ones. But I didn’t try and smuggle one in from a black market when I was in Peru (I actually went back to uni to swap my physics degree for a biology one so I could study animals, especially cute ones).
It makes me totally sick to see these creatures kept as pets. Animals like dogs and cats have been domesticated over thousands of years, but sugar gliders have not. This is something people need to recognise when looking at pets. Sugar gliders are not adapted to being kept in captivity like dogs, cats or hamsters. Someone has commented earlier that they have a very specialised diet, surely this would make you think that they should not be kept as pets. Come to Australia and enjoy then where they should be, in their natural habitat.
Wow. Left field. Commentroversy sneaks in overnight from Oz.
So okay, I won’t get a sugar glider. (Mr. Bounce would eat it anyway.) Nor will I get myself a panda, a monitor lizard, a giraffe, a wallaby or a goddam coelecanth.
Just remember that it is quite possible for the right person/people with the right facilities/resources to take care of *any* of these creatures, y’know.
(well… maybe not the goddam coelecanth)
Aw, Theo… what’d the coelacanth ever do to you?😉
(although now that I look at it… not the cutest fish in the world. But pretty awesome! Maybe with another 100,000 years it’ll evolve into something a little cuter)
I don’t want to own a sugar glider. I would MUCH prefer to see them in the wild. But I can’t afford to go to Australia.😦
The only opportunity I have to enjoy them, since I don’t have cable TV, is here, where all the specimens on display are so gorgeous and affectionate that I must assume they are well cared for.
In theory I agree with those who are alarmed to see them here as pets. But I also give kudos to the people who love them enough to take the trouble to care for them, and to everyone who is here raising awareness about them.
I didn’t even know they existed a year ago. And now I’ve learned even more about them.
Of course, along with everything else that’s wrong in the world, this is suddenly the Americans’ fault, too.
Actually, most Americans like to buy the sugar gliders on the black market and then use them to make milk shakes. Its they way we are. So much disposable income. Yawn. What to buy next. I think I’ll go buy IBM. Anyone with me?
I’m not sure we’re talking about the same “sugar gliders” here, Danielle… or the same IBM for that matter…
Oh, and Brown-Eyed-Factor as well.😉
International Bitching Maneuvers?
I think that market is already cornered…
Theo – are you dulling my ISP? (indignant sarcastic patriotism)
Bluntly, yes. [waves Stars & Stripes]
Mr. Bounce DOES seem like he would gladly eat a sugarglider (he could bring it down with his eyebeams). Eep. After watching my kitties chase and devour a few large moths lately, I can just see their eyes bugging out at one of THESE gliding across the room…. “OMG! It’s Mothra, come back for revenge!!”
Teho – I’m VERY patriotic for the good old USA and no amount of dulling is going to diminish that.
Teho – “coelecanth” is one of my favorite words ever, and during a recent game of Hangman (during a work meeting, no less), I was accused of making it up. Google saved me, but they were still skeptical. I couldn’t (and still don’t) understand why they didn’t know what coelecanths were in the first place. Ah, the brain…
“Animals like dogs and cats have been domesticated over thousands of years, but sugar gliders have not.”
OutragedAussie, horses are not domesticated animals either, but many people keep them quite well and proper. The burdens of ignorance fall on the informed. Me be quiet now.
Well put, Auntie Mame.
All the people I’ve known who’ve had sugar gliders have spared no expense to keep them safe, happy, well-fed, and cared for. Most of them wouldn’t even consider getting one without first finding out if the vet in their area specialised in exotic pets. As has been said time and again here, they’re not impluse buys. American pet-owners, by and large, are not ignoramii out to conquer the animal world; we simply want to share our homes, time and affection with the animals we’re capable of caring for. I don’t see why it need be more complicated than that.
I want a giraffe! But only so I can feed it to my Kenyan Lion.
I own two male sugar gliders who are absolutely wonderful.
In defense of owning one I have a bit to say. It is illegal to import gliders into this country and it is illegal to import/export them from Australia – that’s pretty much impossible. Any gliders that are here have been here quite some time and have been domesticated. Every domesticated animal was once originally wild and breed over time to create wonderful pets. Just because the glider is newer doesn’t make having it as a pet any more or less humane than a dog or cat. I agree that there are plenty of glider owners that do not do the proper research for a glider and consider it a pet. However, look at how many abandoned dogs and cats there are or how many animals are just tied up back and left in the rain. The problem is not keeping this animal, it’s incompetent owners.
I know my boys are completely happy. They come running for me as soon as I open their door, one on my shoulder grooming my ear while making clicking noises and the other curled up in my shirt asleep. Now don’t tell me my boys are unhappy living their life. My God – anyone who knows me knows that my boys are the two most spoiled animals. I take deep pride in my work with them. I’ve researched for what I think is the best diet (including store bought, pesticide-free bugs) as well as vitamins, and best care for my boys.
I even have a vet that specifically deals with exotics. Yes, there are vets out there that don’t know the glider anatomy (i.e. one hole to defecate, urinate) and that’s why its so important to seek out an exotic vet.
I would just urge you not to assume sugar glider owners are horrible people and their treatment of these creatures are inhuman. I think that’s a huge stretch.
I dont think ‘outraged’ was saying that people can’t possibly take good care of sugar gliders.
The point is that whether or not people can take proper care of them (and it seems that more often the case is ‘not’) they are NOT pets.
I find it hard to believe that it is ‘impossible’ to get them on the black market over in the States, as here in Australia we are regularly confonted by heartbreaking news stories of customs officials finding boxes at airports full of socks stuffed with all manner of native Australian fauna, heading to the US, Japan etc. More often than not they’re dead before they get anywhere, but still people try because its lucrative business.
There are wildlife conservationists here who dedicate their lives to STOPPING this kind of criminal activity and protecting populations of native animals such as gliders. Just because a few have been bred in captivity in the last few years (if that is actually the case) doesn’t mean they dont have the same instincts, very particular food requirements etc.
And again, I stress that I’m not saying NOBODY can give them some semblance of a happy and healthy life. The point is they are just not pets, and for every happy healthy one, there are probably 10 others who are sick and lonely and dying in attmept to please someone as a “pet”.
It should concern those who are in favour of keeping gliders as pets that here in Australia people wouldn’t DREAM of keeping a glider as a pet. I mean it just is not done.
The best thing Americans could do for these gorgeous little guys is campaign to make keeping them as pets illegal in all states.
All of these concerns are legitimate.
It’s the assumption that all sugar gliders are black market and owned by “stupid Americans” that gets up the nose.
Well, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. These little ones are my life and they are so happy – I know this. If they’re happy and it’s not stressful, I honestly don’t see the problem. I’m almost positive that gliders aren’t going extinct in Australia anytime soon. Also, I know several glider owners, all of which (including myself) have gotten our babies through respectable (and certified) breeders. Pretty much in the glider-owner community buying gliders at flea markets and inhuman conditions as well as shipping (oh god, don’t even get them started on that one) is looked down on very highly.
I wouldn’t make that assumption. Yes, there are those that aren’t kept well , but the same goes for all types of animals. It’s about educating people and stopping those that are incapable of proper care.
I’ll just have to disagree. They can be a pet (I prefer to say “my children”, but for the sake of the argument I’ll say “pet”). They are an exotic pet and require exotic care and diet – I don’t see how that qualifies it as being inhuman to have.
P.S. I have several email buddies who live in Australia that own gliders so, no it’s not unheard of.
and yes, like Auntie said above, the concerns are definately legitimate. However, I should let you know that there is a very large community of glider lovers here that try very hard to rescue those in need and properly educate owners.
Also, like you said, people have dedicated their lives to stopping the smuggling business – that’s why breeding here has become so popular. That was my point, that it’s illegal to import/export them. It’s getting harder to do.
Flip side of the coin, Chipmunks are kept as pets in the UK. It’s very odd seeing these little annoying chirping things in a large aviary as pets, when I used to watch them gathering acorns in my backyard. I don’t particularly agree with keeping them as pets either as they need huge cages to be happy and apparently don’t like the electromagnetic frequencies from TVs.
I wonder if people in Syria get angry at us for keeping syrian hamsters. Or any other of our recently domesticated pet species.
Hamsters started out as an exotic pet and some species are still banned in some states (chinese hamsters in California for example). Our domesticed cute fluffies have to become domesticated somehow and there will soon come a time where good breeders will be breeding quality animals without resorting to wild-caught animals (and anyway, you don’t want wild-caught animals as they’ll have a wild temperment. Not good for cute snorggles.) There might be a drop in demand for them as pets as people realise they’re not easy to keep but for now there’s really only rescues to pick up the pieces.
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