Would you trust this gerbil?
If you answered yes, then you’ve been taken in. Fooled by a cute and cuddly exterior that hides a devious and cunning mind.
This furry little bugger is one of the gerbils we keep in the science department at my school, where an IP webcam is trained on them to broadcast their antics across the school. A few weeks ago I found him scurrying around the floor of my office on a Sunday afternoon, and ever since that taste of freedom, he’s made it his mission to escape. He’s mastered the art of scaling the sides of his cage, and has figured out that if he stands on the side of his food bowl, he can outright leap straight out of the top hatch, which we now have to keep weighed down. Last week, in a bold move of resistance against his Big Brother overlords, he escaped once again, and in the few minutes until the Head of Science spotted him, managed to chew clean through the DC cable of the webcam:
Luckily that low DC current isn’t enough to hurt them, and is fairly trivial to repair. When I joined the cable back together, I took some extra time to run the entire length through some tough PVC conduit tubing. It’s not invulnerable, but it should take a little bit longer for him to get through next time.
Your move, my furry friend…