I had read a lot about letting the sugars be for the first couple of days, in order to let them acclimate to all the new sights, sounds, and smells. Well…they were essentially left alone in their “apartment”, but now that the mini-mansion was finished and ready, I wasn’t sure if they needed another couple of days to get used to their new new surroundings. So I kinda half-and-halfed it. We put them in the mini mansion and left them to wander and explore. However, there were numerous times when we would just sit there and talk to them, or touch the mesh and let them sniff and nibble on our fingers. For about an hour each day, I slipped them into the bonding pouch with a slice of apple to keep them hydrated, and just let them sleep up against my chest. There was no real holding or bonding or play time just yet. We wanted the transition to be as smooth and painless for them as it could be. So we studied them.
While both of them appeared to be healthy, Lucca was certainly the extrovert. She was quick to come to the mesh and say hello, and very interested in everything about her new home. The first thing she did when we put her in the mansion was to hop in and out of the hollowed out skull we placed in there. Ayla, while maintaining a very sweet disposition, was a little pouch protective, it seemed. If she could tell I was too close to her hammock when I was talking, she would crab a little bit. Also, she seemed very calm for a sugar glider. For the most part she just kinda hung out, nomming on her fruits and veggies. If you’re on my friends list on Facebook, you’ve probably seen this, but here is a video I took of them on day 3, after they had a chance to eat and nap and take a look around a bit.
On day 4, I decided that I was going to get a jump on Ayla’s pouch protective attitude, and I opened their hammock a little more than it is in this video. Now it’s in more of a taco shell shape, and that seems to be working out great.