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18 Apr 2017

Sushi, Hei Hei and their tropic themed home

Tropical Moana themed gerbil home
If you follow me on twitter or instagram you may have heard that we are happily getting acquainted with two of the most heart warming male baby gerbils named Sushi and Heihei! I fell for them instantly
and was most amazing feeling taking them home with us. Can you guess where Heihei's name is from?

To make their cage feel more like a home and more enjoyable I decided to celebrate the release of Moana on dvd by getting a little crafty when coming up with decor ideas. I took advantage of the 3 for 2 offer at Pets at Home, plus used the 10% discount I got as a VIP member. Here is a little gerbil home tour!
Tropical Moana themed gerbil home
Hello Heihei! Heihei is our little Siamese gerbil, complete with little dark nose and tail. It's amazing how different his personality is to Sushi; he is nosy, confident, friendly and a little cheeky! He is always the first to explore a new toy and loves the ones we chose, an assortment of tunnels and hanging toys. 
Tropical Moana themed gerbil home
I tried to choose natural materials that might be found on Moana's island, like driftwood, banana leaf, coconut husk, bamboo and seagrass, at the same time being safe for gerbils. Heihei loves the seagrass tunnel, tearing out the fibres and carrying them about in his mouth to make a little nest to sleep in. 
Hanging toys include this little rope toy, made with pieces of banana leaf, coconut husk, wood and bamboo. As a little ode to Moana, I engraved a little heart on the side (but couldn't quite fit the hook on, I hope they won't mind!) They have already pretty much destroyed this one and chewed it in half.
Tropical Moana themed gerbil home
I chose this coconut shell hideaway, with coconut being such an important seed and symbol on Moana's island, not anticipating how small the entry hole might be! They love using it upside down as a treat bowl though, eating pieces of cold, fresh pepper and raw carrot, and climbing inside to knaw on it.
Tropical Moana themed gerbil home
It's definitely a favourite with Sushi! He is much more timid and shy than Heihei and needs a little encouragement sometimes. He moves very quickly, in starts and stops. He rushes to hide if your hand enters the cage, but comes to explore if you keep still and quiet. He was unsure of the toys at first; he tends to assume more of a homekeeper role and stays shuffling the nest, but came to adore the coconut!
Tropical Moana themed gerbil home
Another hanging toy is this beautiful beaded mobile, with a little wooden clasp to fix to the roof of the cage. It has a coconut husk roof overlooking little pieces of banana leaf and coconut husk, threaded on a piece of rope. It has pink, yellow and green sections and is so bright and colourful, like a carnival.
Tropical Moana themed gerbil home
I swear this isn't a sponsored post haha, only by a girl who loves her pets! Sometimes you can't go wrong with a kitchen roll tube or cardboard box! Hello Sushi housekeeper, making your nest. He has the cutest white stripe on his chin. I just love how intelligent they are and to see their personalities develop is just amazing! Have you seen Moana yet? Did you catch the name reference? 

48 comments:

  1. Beautiful shots !

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  2. He is so cute! I love how you decorated his cage. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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  3. Oh my gosh you've made such a cute home for them! And I'm loving the choice of names, especially Hei Hei!

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

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    1. Awww so kind, thanks so much Lizzie! I'm so glad you like it haha! :D ♡

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  4. Aawwwwww they are so cute! I have cats however so smaller pets are a no no for me. They look so well treated!
    Kate xx

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    1. Thank you so much Kate, ahhh so kind! We have a cat but he mostly lives outdoors, but we have to be extra careful when he is inside :D ♡

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  5. Thank you for your comment on my blog!

    I follow you on GFC and bloglovin! ;oD

    xoxo Jacqueline
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    1. Aw so kind, it's so lovely to meet you! ♡

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  6. Oh Elizabeth Heihei and Sushi are so cute! Having little pets is such a joy, and yeah they have their personalities too :D The cage looks beautiful, you've put so much effort into it, they must be enjoying it! I haven't watched Moana yet but that's planned for this weekend, I can't wait because it seems like it's great!

    Julia x
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    1. That's so kind, thank you so much Julia!! I'm so glad you liked it - let me know what you think of the film! :D ♡

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  7. adorable!!

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  8. Oh my word my heart just melted at how cute you made their homes. Great job.

    Meg | The Blog
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    1. Awww so kind, thank you so much Meg! ♡

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    1. Thank you so much Marisa!! :D ♡

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  10. Love your blog! We follow you back :)

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    1. So kind, thank you so much Vivian! ♡

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  12. Aww they're so cute! I absolutely love the photos in this post :). Random fact: "Hei" actually means "Hi" in Finnish :) xx

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

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    1. Awww thank you - and wow, I didn't know that! That's so cool, I'm always like Hihi HeiHei! xD ♡

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  13. So cute. Followed

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  14. This is stunning.
    You have such a nice looking blog! *_*
    Following you on instagram, bloglovin' & gfc from naow on!

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    1. Awww too kind, thank you so much Katarina!! ♡

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  15. They are so cute, like seriously! And that name Hei Hei, haha, great choice!

    xx, Cinthy Kwok

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    1. Thank you so much Cinthy, so kind! I'm so happy you like it haha :D ♡

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  16. Oh my, reading this post and seeing these photos is warming my heart! I love Sushi and HeiHei already, so much cuteness! And their house is so adorable too! <3

    Sabina | I've Got Sunshine

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    1. Awww so kind, thank you so much Sabina!! ♡

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  17. It's so cute.

    I just follow the blog, follow back?
    Kisses
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  18. So cute!!
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  19. I've never seen gerbils as adorable... Until NOW! :)
    Too cute. x

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    1. Awww so kind of you, thank you! :D ♡

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  20. Ohhh so cute!

    xoxo,
    Inês
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  21. Oh this is so adorable :)

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    1. Awww so kind, thank you Natalie! :D ♡

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  22. Aw they're so cute and I love the creativity behind their cage decor and names!

    Amy - http://amyevans.blog

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    1. Thank you so much Amy, I'm so happy you liked it! :D ♡

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