Youth Gerbils

YankeeDoodle & Dandy

2013 - Present

YankeeDoodle and Dandy were born around the 4th of July, 2013. They are both topaz gerbils with medium golden fur and red eyes, but YankeeDoodle has grey ears and Dandy has pink. They are more shy and nocturnal than most of our previous gerbils, but when they are in the mood they will put on a good show, coming up to the glass to interact with the children or running on the wheel in tag team style. Pictures and short videos of them can be found on the gerbils' Instagram and Vine accounts.

Silver the Hamster

(1995 - 1996)

In the spring of 1995 the Youth Services Department accepted the donation of a long-haired hamster named Silver. He became an instant hit with the children even though, being nocturnal, he spent most of our open hours curled up asleep in his house. When Silver passed away a year later it was decided that we wanted to continue having a department pet, but that the new pets should be gerbils because they are awake and active on and off throughout the day.