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How to find a lost Sugar Gliders

 

 




Step 1 -- Minimize Hazards

* Check to make sure all other glider cages are closed securely. You don't want to have any more gliders loose than you already do.
* Completely close all doors and windows in the entire house. A glider can slip through even a small tear in a screen, and your chances of finding him or her are far better in the house than they are outside.
* Secure any pets freely roaming around the house. Place them in areas which you've already checked for gliders.
* Close all toilet lids. Drain any standing water in sinks or elsewhere. Plug all drains in sinks and bathtubs.
* Turn off the stove, iron, curling iron, and any fans.
* Put away candles, air freshener, ant traps, soaps, or any other hazardous materials.
* Step and sit VERY carefully. Gliders have been known to hide in pillows, blankets, couch cushions, armchairs, etc. Watch where you're walking and drag your feet as you step.
* Do not recline any chairs or couches. A glider hiding in them could be killed by the mechanism.
* Check shoes before putting them on.
* Don't close any doors without first checking the frame and the top of the door iteself -- these can be favorite hiding spots.
* Alert everyone in your household and make sure they follow these precautions as well.

Step 2 -- Limit Access

* Make sure every door, closet, and cabinet in the house is closed. You want to narrow down the possible places your glider could go. If your doors have gaps under them, stuff towels in the spaces.
* Plug any heater vents or other holes.
* Do not let anyone go outside without thoroughly checking their clothes (hoods, pockets, etc.) for stowaways.
* Do not take the trash or any bags outside without checking them carefully.

Step 3 -- Narrow Down Possible Locations

* Make the house as quiet and dark as possible and use your ears -- you are more likely to hear the glider than to see it.
* Put a pouch and some treats in every room the glider may be in. Check these periodically to see if they've been touched.
* If every glider in the cage is loose, leave the cage door open. If not, hang the used pouch outside the closed cage -- the glider may try to go home on its own.

Step 4 -- Systematically Search

* Check EVERYTHING. Start with one room at a time and search inch by inch. Look in any small openings, behind items on shelves, in pockets and hoods of hanging clothing, in every drawer. Don't leave any item unturned. It's amazing sometimes the things gliders can squeeze themselves into for a nap. Pay special attention to high, quiet, dark spaces.
* Don't forget to search the closets and cabinets that you previously closed.
* Once you've finished searching a room, close it up and move on to the next room.
* Remember to be quiet and listen for little nails scratching around.
* If your glider is crabby, use it to your advantage. Do things that would normally get the glider to crab (such crinkling a paper), then listen!
* If your glider is not bonded, carry a towel and a treat with you to pick him/her up if you need it.
* If your glider knows the sound of the mealie container or treat can, carry that with you and shake it.
* If you've searched every room in the house, but still not found your glider, search again!
* If it is daytime, wait until it is closer to night time and then resume your search.

Good luck and remember to STAY CALM!

**Please note: These tips were compiled from personal experience as well as from other glider owners. Our thanks to everyone who has offered their advice!

Written by: This article was originally posted on sugargliders.org. This article is being reproduced with permission from sugargliders.org.

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If you feel your glider is sick, please seek immediate veterinary assistance. The information on this page and in the correlating articles is for general educational purposes and is not intended to replace proper vet care. Please do not try to self-diagnose or self-treat your glider.
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