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  • Nyenius 8:14 am on April 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Zippomobile | A Continuous Lean. 

    As a child, Zippo inventor George G. Blaisdell was fond of productmobiles like the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile and Life Savers Pep-O-Mint car. Blaisdell founded the Zippo Manufacturing Company in the town of Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1932, naming the company “Zippo” as a more modern sounding alternative to the word zipper. During WWII the U.S. Government commissioned Zippo’s entire production to be distributed to GIs, which had the benefit of introducing the company and its windproof lighters to hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Americans, thereby making Zippo a household name. It was this new found popularity that propelled Blaisdell in 1947 to convert a Chrysler Saratoga into the Zippomobile.

    After its introduction in the late 1940s, the Zippo Car went far and wide on a promotional tour visiting every state in the Union. Eventually business at Zippo was so good — and management so preoccupied — that the Zippo Car fell out of favor, was abandoned and subsequently lost. In 1982 the company launched a search to find the car for the company’s 50th anniversary. Zippo even went so far as running advertisements in Pittsburgh (its last known location) to try to track down the lost Zippomobile. But the search was all for naught. While the original car could not be found and restored, in 1998 Zippo did reproduce the 1947 Zippo Car which can still be found at events today. You can read the full history of the 1947 Zippo Car here.

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  • Nyenius 2:22 pm on April 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Virtual Zippo® Lighter 

    Ignite your phone with the official Virtual Zippo Lighter!

    The Virtual Zippo Lighter opens with a flick of your wrist and lights with a turn of your thumb. The windproof flame sways as you move your Android device and reacts when you try to blow it out. Choose from a variety of Zippo Lighter images and customize a handful of selected lighters as well.

    Start with 28 FREE designs browse hundreds more including iconic images from Harley-Davidson, Bob Marley classic bands like Kiss and Ozzy Osbourne.

    We have many exciting updates in store for the catalog so be sure to check back often.

    *Optimized for the Droid, EVO 4G, HTC G2*

     
  • Nyenius 3:03 am on April 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Zippo App launches on Android Market 

    The Zippo app for the iPhone has received over 14 million downloads since its 2008 debut and today it goes live for Android phones.

    Apr 13 2011, 2:24pm CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr

    Zippo App launches on Android Market

    Zippo launched today the free Virtual Zippo Lighter App on the Android market. Now Android users can also rock out at a concert and whip out their virtual Zippos rather than the real deal. I still prefer the real deal though.

    The Virtual Zippo Lighter opens with a flick of your wrist and lights with a turn of your thumb. The windproof flame sways as you move your Android device and reacts when you try to blow it out. Choose from a variety of Zippo Lighter images and customize a handful of selected lighters as well.

    You get 28 FREE designs and can browse hundreds more including iconic images from Harley-Davidson, Bob Marley and classic bands like Kiss and Ozzy Osbourne.

    The Zippo Android App is optimized for Droid, EVO 4G and HTC G2. Not sure what this means for other Android phones. I guess that what the Android fragmentation means at the end for Android phone users. Some apps will just not work as great on your Android phone.

    You can download the virtual Zippo app for Android now on the Android market here.

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  • Nyenius 6:13 am on April 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    TM (Toga Mas) Bookstore 

    Sudah lama, emmm, sejak pindah ke jakarta pada pertengahan 2004 lalu, gue gak serius berburu buku (terutama buku murah). Waktu masih di Bandung perburuan buku yang gue lakukan biasanya menggunakan modus; liat/cari bukunya di Gramedia, dan beli di Palasari dengan harga yang jauuh lebih murah.

    Disini paling gue pergi ke Gramedia terdekat, ya gak pernah ngelirik toko buku lainnya. Beli buku pun lebih sering insidentalnya ketimbang terencana, paling bagus adalah gak sengaja baca resensi buku bagus dan segera beli bukunya ke Gramed. Gue yang dulu pernah mencanangkan satu bulan beli satu buku, sekarang menjadi semakin pelit mengeluarkan uang buat beli buku; terutama setelah makin akrab dengan internet (:evil_grin:).

    Dan sesuatu yang menarik muncul tiga minggu belakangan ini. Gue ‘berjumpa’ dengan ‘TM Bookstore’, sebuah toko buku yang ternyata istri gue sudah akrab sejak lama. Gue dan keluarga suka jalan ke Poinsquare lebak bulus, dan biasanya makan di Solaria. Waktu itu disamping Solaria TM Bookstore ngadain bazaar buku (mungkin selama 3 mingguan). Selama 3 weekend kita main kesitu, gw gak pernah nyadar akan eksistensinya.

    Baru setelah istri gue menceritakan ‘kecurigaan’ mengenai adanya TM Bookstore di Poinsquare, dan lantas menerangkan apa itu TM Bookstore. Gue berminat untuk datang kesitu beserta istri gue. Dan begitu melihat muka tokonya dari jauh, melihat plang diatas dua buah rak bertuliskan: “Harga Rp 5.000 s/d Rp 30.000”, gue merasa love on first sight. Langsung gue menghambur ke rak itu, dan segera memilah-milah buku yang akan masuk ke rak di rumah.

    Begitu sampai di depan pintu masuk tokonya, semakin banyak rak yang terlihat, segera gue sadar, betapa banyak penawaran buku diskon disitu, hohohoho book shopping!!! Potongan harga dan diskon memberikan gue kesempatan untuk membeli buku dengan topik-topik yang menggelitik minat tapi gak sampai menggerakan tangan merogoh saku. Sebuah novel grafis yang berhalaman tebal, full color hanya dihargai 10 ribu saja, gue cuma mikir; gila aja kalo gak gue beli (kikiki lebay). Hari itu dengan uang Rp 180 ribuan gue membawa pulang setumpuk buku, beberapa diantaranya dapat bonus disampul plastik di sana (jadi inget di Palasari Bandung).

    Sekarang, tiap kali maen ke Poinsquare Lebak Bulus, sebisa mungkin gue mampir kesitu, dan selalu gagal menahan godaan untuk membeli buku. Oh iya, dulu, selain karena faktor budget uang untuk membeli buku, faktor penghambat lain gue dari membeli banyak buku adalah karena gue merasa wajib untuk menyelesaikan tiap buku yang gue beli. Tapi sekarang (setelah baca pernyataan Umberto Eco Antilibrary), peduli amat lah, pokoknya gue beli dulu, buat di perpustakaan pribadi.

    Lokasi TM Bookstore ada di Depok Town Square Lt. UG atau di Superindo Lt. 2, Kedoya, Jakarta Barat, atau TM Bookstore Poinsquare Lebak Bulus lantai paling atas.

     
  • Nyenius 3:10 am on April 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Zippo to expand brand into nonsmoking products and branded kiosks, specialty stores 

     

    BRADFORD, Pa. – Zippo lighters have retained their retro cool even as the tiny northwestern
    Pennsylvania company that makes them gets ready to celebrate its 80th anniversary and 500millionth
    lighter next year.

    But with pressure increasing on folks not to smoke, Zippo Manufacturing Co. is hoping to
    capitalize on its brand by offering a wider variety of products, such as watches, leisure clothing
    and cologne. These would be sold through kiosks and Zippo-

    brand specialty stores designed to showcase the durable image reinforced by each distinctive lid
    “click” of its brass-encased, lifetime-guaranteed lighters.

    Realizing that producing 18million lighters a year in the mid-1990s was probably the company’s
    high-water mark – Zippo’s 550 employees will produce about 12million lighters this year – the
    company started marketing research before President and CEO Gregory Booth was hired 10years
    ago.

    The surveys asked consumers the question that Booth must answer today: “What kind of products
    could we sell other than cigarette lighters that people would accept as Zippo products?”

    The research shows the company could sell other products – if they fit Zippo’s image, which
    Booth describes as “rugged, durable, made in America, iconic.”

    “It has to be something that feels like Zippo,” Booth said of the travel bags, backpacks,
    watches, sunglasses, jeans and leisure shirts, wallets, pens, liquor flasks, outdoor hand warmers,
    playing cards and even a fragrance. Manufactured by Italian perfumer Mavive, it comes in a
    lighter-shaped canister (and, yes, a lid that clicks).

    Marketing experts said all that makes sense, provided that Zippo’s new products stay true to the
    brand – and that the company learns quickly that selling jeans, or any other product, comes with a
    menu of business complexities.

    “A brand is just a story attached to a product. Like any narrative, it carries sensation.
    Zippo’s story is ‘manly independence,'” said James Twitchell, a marketing expert whose book
    Lead Us Into Temptation: The Triumph of American Materialism argues that Americans have
    increasingly turned to brand names instead of religion for their identity.

    “As long as this narrative is in place, it can be attached to any other product as long as the
    product doesn’t contradict the story line,” Twitchell said, noting that Eddie Bauer-branded SUVs
    stay true to the sportswear company’s image of “wanderlust.”

    Another branding consultant who founded the self-named PaulJLucas.com in Washington, D.C., said
    Zippo’s plans remind him of the success that Victorinox Swiss Army Brands Inc. has had selling
    watches, luggage, clothing and fragrances.

    “It’s all high-quality, and they did it right, and I buy their stuff,” said Lucas, noting that
    Swiss Army luggage is as rugged as its trademarked multipurpose knives.

    But not any brand – even American icons – can be used to sell just anything.

    “Harley-Davidson once, believe it or not, tried to sell bottled water, and it just tanked,”
    Lucas said.

    His advice is to stick to products closer to a brand’s core. That’s why he likes Zippo’s
    still-on-the-drawing board plans for patio gas grills but isn’t so crazy about the idea of Zippo
    cologne, noting that lighter fluid is the only other liquid odor associated with Zippo.

    Booth insists that Zippo’s plans are built on solid market research and, perhaps as important,
    fueled by necessity.

    “We recognize there’s a lot of pressure on smoking, and it’s only gotten worse in the last 10
    years,” Booth said.

    Zippo aggressively markets its lighters to collectors, aficionados and even nonsmokers, offering
    more than a dozen models in hundreds of colors and unusual designs. Although the lighters are
    generally plated with nickel chrome, some are covered with gold or platinum.

    Booth thinks that those varieties can take the company only so far.

    “We knew we were invested in an industry that was under pressure, and knew we could go the way
    of the Hula Hoop and not do anything about it,” Booth said.

    Instead, Zippo hired David Warfel as its director of global marketing three years ago, to
    capitalize on his branding experience with Xerox, Kodak and Ray-Ban.

    Zippo already sells its lighters in more than 160 countries – but it does so through wholesalers
    and other distributors.

    Warfel was hired to take control of the Zippo “brand” and expand it, at first abroad and then
    gradually in the United States.

    The newest wing of the company’s headquarters 130miles northeast of Pittsburgh is a showcase for
    Zippo’s plans. It features a Zippo kiosk and what’s known as a “shop-in-shop” – a tiny Zippo store
    meant to take up residence in a larger department store – and a prototype Zippo specialty store,
    which the company plans to put in shopping districts abroad.

    All three retail spaces feature custom-designed black-framed glass showcases that “fit together
    like Legos” so retailers can create their own “Zippo area” in just about any size space, Warfel
    said.

    Zippo will push its expanded product line abroad, at first, because foreign consumers are
    familiar with the brand’s durable image without it being “almost umbilically tied to cigarette
    lighters,” Booth said.

    U.S. consumers “are so tied to Zippo lighters that it’s tough for the customer to make the jump
    to these other products,” he said.

    Although Zippo plans to open a kiosk at Kennedy International Airport in New York City this
    month, most Zippo outlets will arrive first in China, other parts of Asia or western Europe. It
    doesn’t hurt that Asia remains a key smoking market, with China consuming one-third of the world’s
    smoking tobacco, something that Booth calls a “monstrous opportunity” for Zippo to grow.

    In 18 months or so, Zippo hopes to open more stateside retail outlets, in places such as Las
    Vegas and Niagara Falls, N.Y., Warfel said.

     
  • Nyenius 3:08 am on April 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Zippo’s Circus comes to Reading 

    The Big Top opened yesterday at Hills Meadow in George Street, Caversham, as part of Zippo’s all-human Phoenix tour
    The Big Top opened yesterday at Hills Meadow in George Street, Caversham, as part of Zippo’s all-human Phoenix tour

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    Zippo’s Circus comes to Reading

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    Laura McCardle

    April 08, 2011

    Clowns, acrobats and jugglers have tumbled into Reading as Zippo’s Circus has come to town.

    The Big Top opened yesterday at Hills Meadow in George Street, Caversham, as part of Zippo’s all-human Phoenix tour which runs until Tuesday.

    The show offers a mix of colour, fun and fantasy and will take spectators on a round-the-world journey with world-class circus performers.

    It includes the awe-inspiring acrobatics of the Zulu Warriors, who will have spectators dancing in their seats with their non-stop limbo and hoop-diving spectacle.

    A stop in France sees the juggling skills of award-winning duo Antoine and Deborah Micheletty, before Mongolia calls and Zula makes his breathtaking ascent to the roof of the Big Top on balancing chairs.

    The show moves to Russia for the elegant and daring trapeze performance of Veronika Bugrova.

    The Ulaan Sisters of Mongolia will quite literally bend over backwards to make sure spectators enjoy their astounding contortionist routine before the show comes back to England for a routine from Britain’s Got Talent star unicyclist Joe Hatton.

    Ji-Qui Fang of China will have spectators on the edge of their seats as he throws a huge earthenware jar into the air and balances it on his head; while his partner Wu Xi-Hua will climb effortlessly up a fixed mast, leaping to a parallel mast before fearlessly sliding down as if glued by one foot to the steelwork high above the circus ring.

    Front-row spectators are warned to watch out as the show comes back to the UK for its final slapstick performance of Beau and Fips’ Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook.

    All of this can be seen from the comfortable seating of the heated Big Top tent.

    Show times are at 5pm and 7.30pm today, 3pm and 6pm tomorrow, 11am, 3pm and 6pm on Sunday, 3pm and 6pm on Monday and 3pm and 6pm on Tuesday.

    Ticket prices vary from £6 to £16 for children and £8 to £22 for adults.

    Unreserved seats are usually available on the day from the onsite ticket office – but to avoid missing out call 0871 210 2100 or go to http://www.zippos.co.uk to book tickets.

     
  • Nyenius 9:01 pm on April 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Zippo: Marketing the Rolls Royce of Matches 

    Gregory Booth, the CEO of Zippo, which makes perhaps the world’s most iconic cigarette lighters, stopped by the Forbes studio recently to talk about how to sell a commodity product – at decidedly non-commodity prices.

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  • Nyenius 2:11 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Zippo lighting up new products 

    Only so far

    “We recognize there’s a lot of pressure on smoking, and it’s only gotten worse in the last 10 years,” Booth said, even though Zippo markets its lighters to collectors, aficionados and even non-smokers, with more than a dozen models in hundreds of colors and designs. Although the lighters are generally plated with nickel chrome, some lighters are even covered with gold or platinum.

    But Booth believes those varieties can only take the company so far.

    “We knew we were invested in an industry that was under pressure and knew we could go the way of the Hula Hoop and not do anything about it,” Booth said.

    Instead, Zippo hired David Warfel as its director of global marketing three years ago, to capitalize on his branding experience with Xerox, Kodak and Ray-Ban.

    Zippo already sells its lighters in more than 160 countries. Warfel was hired to take control of the Zippo “brand” and expand it, at first overseas and then gradually in the United States.

    Zippo will push its expanded product line overseas, at first, because foreign consumers are familiar with the brand’s durable image without it being “almost umbilically tied to cigarette lighters,” Booth said. U.S. consumers “are so tied to Zippo lighters that it’s tough for the customer to make the jump to these other products.”

    Although there are plans for a Zippo kiosk at Kennedy International Airport in New York City by the end of April, most Zippo outlets will first arrive in China, other parts of Asia, or western Europe. It doesn’t hurt that Asia remains a key smoking market, with China consuming one-third of the world’s smoking tobacco, something Booth calls a “monstrous opportunity” to grow Zippo.

    In 18 months or so, Zippo hopes to open more stateside retail outlets, in places like Las Vegas and Niagara Falls, Warfel said.

    Another marketing expert agreed Zippo is smart to expand its brand – but warned that selling other products, especially those vastly different from lighters, is harder than it looks.

    Bolivar Bueno, the founder of Cult Branding Co. near Orlando, Fla., has developed strategies for clients as diverse as Kohl’s department stores and the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Bueno said Zippo will be competing to sell clothes alongside companies that have done nothing but that for decades.

    He also warns that Zippo must be careful about who makes its products – saying it could hurt the brand if it turns out its rugged, durable and “American” products are made in Third World sweatshops.

    Booth said that Zippo’s new products, though made elsewhere, are manufactured to Zippo-worthy specifications and that some components – like watch cases – may eventually be manufactured in-house.

    Bueno said Zippo is smart to target foreign consumers first, because surveys show they tend to have a higher level of trust in companies. “Seventy-one percent of consumers in India believe that companies want the best for them. In America and the U.K. there are only 42 percent that trust companies,” Bueno said.

     
  • Nyenius 5:00 am on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hamster Kawin, Hamster Lahiran 

    Warning: animal explicit content! Buat yang geli/jijik terhadap binatang serupa tikus/anak tikus, lebih baik jangan baca posting ini. Walau ini hamster bukan tikus, tetep aja kalian akan bilang ini tikus :p

    Ok, you’ve been warned. 🙂

    Ketika pertama kali punya hamster, gue bertanya-tanya; Kapan hamster gue kawin, beranak, dan jadi banyak? Kapan dia siap kawin? Bagaimana Mengawinkannya? Bagaimana membedakan induk yang hamil? Bagaimana merawat hamster setelah lahiran? Nah kali ini gue bahas soal peristiwa kawin dan lahiran hamster, dan dihususkan hanya membahas hamster jenis syrian.

    Dan semuanya terjawab kemudian, baik dari referensi internet maupun hasil pengamatan pribadi. Hamster betina, semakin muda semakin sulit untuk dikawinkan dan juga sangat beresiko pasca melahirkannya (terutama buat anak-anaknya). Dan sebaliknya, semakin tua usia hamster, semakin mudah dikawinkan, dan tingkat survival rate anak-anak yang dilahirkan semakin tinggi. Dan hamster muda lebih liar, masih takut sama orang, semakin gede semakin jinak.

    Hamster gue yang pernah melahirkan memiliki histori sebagai berikut.

    1. Lahiran pertama, anaknya lahir 10, dalam dua hari berkurang hingga tinggal 2 ekor. Sisanya dimakan induknya.
    2. Lahiran kedua, anaknya lahir sekitar 12 ekor, dalam tiga hari hanya tersisa 6 ekor.
    3. Lahiran ketiga, anaknya lahir 11 ekor, dalam seminggu masih bertahan 11 ekor. Sayang kemudian induknya hilang, entah kabur atau dimakan kucing.

    Adalagi yang begini:

    1. Lahiran pertama 15 ekor. Karena salah rawat, dalam 1 malam habis semuanya dimakan induknya.
    2. Lahiran kedua lahir 8 ekor. Sampai waktu satu minggu hanya mati 2 ekor. Setelah 2 minggu semua anaknya dimakan kucing. Induknya selamat, kabur ke kandang sebelah.

    Siklus awal hidup hamster:

    1. Dalam kandungan 15-20 hari. Lahir dan dipilih oleh induknya.
    2. Pada hari kelima mulai tumbuh bulu-bulu halus. Corak dan warna bulu ketika dewasa sudah bisa dilihat dari saat itu. bahkan kelamin pun sudah bisa jelas dibedakan.

      Jenis kelamin mulai bisa dibedakan, yang betina akan memiliki titik-titik puting susu (lihat panah pada gambar)
    3. Jenis kelamin anak Hamster gue kebanyakan cewek. ya perbandingannya jantan 2 : betina 4-5
    4. Anak hamster masih buta sampai hari ke sepuluh setelah lahirnya. Setelah itu baru matanya kebuka.
    5. Sekitar 8 hari setelah lahir, anak hamster mulai wara-wiri keliling kandang, belajar nyari makan sendiri. Pada tahap ini induk hamster masih repot mengembalikan anak-anak nakal itu kembali ke ‘sarang’nya (biasanya di satu sudut di kandangnya).
    6. Dalam waktu 2 minggu, anak-anak hamster sudah lari-larian, cari makan, dan minum air putih. Walau masih nyusu sama induknya.
    7. Dalam waktu 3 minggu, anak-anak hamster sudah mulai berbentuk hamster mini, dan sudah mulai jarang menyusu ke induknya. Biasanya umur segini sudah ‘dipanen’ untuk dijual.
    8. Dalam waktu 1 bulan anak-anak hamster sudah betul-betul bisa mandiri dan dipisahkan dari induknya. Secara fisik sudah bisa hamil.
    9. Dalam waktu 1,5 bulan testis hamster jantan sudah muncul, yang menandakan sudah bisa dikawinkan. Tapi biasanya belum mau dan belum jago Smile with tongue out
    10. Dalam waktu 2 bulan hamster (betina-jantan) sudah siap kawin. Lebih baik lagi kalau dikawinkan pada usia 3 bulan.

    Masa-masa berahi (mau kawin)

    Hamster Jantan. Sejauh yang gue liat, kayaknya hamster jantan selalu dalam keadaan siap kawin. Adalagi kondisi unik yaitu ketika hamster jantan seperti berusaha mneggaruk tubuhnya ke benda-benda yang ada di dalam kandang, bahkan ke dinding kandang. Ini bukannya lagi garuk kutu, tapi dia lagi menandai wilayah kekuasaan dengan menempelkan baunya yang dihasilkan kelenjar penghasil bau di depan kaki belakangnya.  Secara fisik, hamster jantan akan kelihatan lebih kecil dan ramping ketimbang betinanya. Dan menariknya, dua biji (testis) mereka yang ekstra besar itu, sering dipake buat bantal sama pemiliknya kalo lagi tidur (wakakakakakaka).


    Nah sekarang percaya kan kalo biji hamster bisa dipake buat bantal sama doi.

    Hamster Betina. Hamster betina ketika mau kawin juga mengeluarkan aroma yang khas, dan kedua, tampak lebih kalem, ketika dipegang / ditekan bagian atas ekornya, serta merta dia memasang posisi siap dikawin (lihat foto). Secara fisik, hamster betina memiliki tubuh lebih besar ketimbang pejantannya.


    Dikelitikin sedikit langsung memasang posisi kawin.<foto>

    Proses Perkawinan

    Proses perkawinan hamster bisa terjadi semalam penuh, umumnya dari sore hingga pagi. Diselingi makan-minum dan beberapa kali tidur. Demi jelasnya, mari kita lihat foto dan video dibawah ini:

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    Masa Hamil

    Seperti sudah diutarakan sebelumnya, hamster jenis syirian hamil selama 15-21 hari. Tanda-tanda dia akan melahirkan biasanya si betina akan gelisah mondar-mandir berusaha kabur dari kandang. Hamster pada umumnya seringkali berusaha kabur, tapi untuk hamster yang ingin melahirkan, usaha kabur ini (gelisah) bisa berlangsung semalaman. Dan bila ada pejantan di kandang itu, dia akan berusaha menyerang si jantan. Selama ini hamster-hamster gue biasanya lahir mulai dari menjelang subuh sampai siang hari.

    Dari hasil pengamatan gue, pada 2-3 hari menjelang melahirkan, perut hamster betina akan membesar lebih daripada normal. Buat pemula kadang petunjuk ini suka menipu, maksudnya hamster pada saat biasa terkadang bisa terlihat lebih gemuk, itu biasanya sewaktu dia dalam posisi makan sambil duduk atau membersihkan diri sambil duduk. Ada yang bilang bentuk tubuhnya akan kelihatan seperti lampu bohlam ketika kita angkat si hamster dengan dua jari (seperti megang leher botol) dan mengangkatnya pada bagian bawah lengan depannya.

    Begitu kita lihat tanda-tanda / menurut hitungan tanggal si betina akan melahirkan, segera bersihkan kandangnya apabila terlihat kotor, dan penuhin makanan serta minumannya, sebab dalam beberapa hari ke depan diharapkan kita tidak mengutak-atik kandangnya. Karena kondisi lingkungan yang kotor dapat mempengaruhi kesehatan bayi hamster. Trust me on this, gue dah ngalamin anak hamster umur hampir 2 minggu mati satu persatu tanpa sebab jelas, yang jelas adalah kandangnya kotor. Dan tentu saja, segera pisahkan pejantannya. Hamster syirian bukanlah jenis yang bisa disatukan jantan dan betina ketika sedang ada bayi.

    Kandang yang kotor juga dapat menyebabkan semacam penyakit katarak pada mata hamster.

    Kalau mau hamster yang lebih mesra dan kooperatif antara pejantan-betina dalam mengurus bayi, Anda harusnya pelihara hamster dwarf dari jenis campbell atau winter. Gue dah liat sendiri bagaimana hamster dwarf campbell bergantian mengurus anaknya. Bahkan ketika anak hamster syirian yang gak diurus induknya gue kasih ke pasangan itu. Sang induk Campbell langsung memungut anak hamster syirian itu, membawanya ke tempat anak-anaknya, dibersihin dan diperlakuin kayak anak sendiri. Begitu anak syirian lain gue kasih ke induk syirian yang lain, begitu mendarat langsung tu bayi dimakan.


    Seekor induk hamster campbell tengah merawat (membersihkan)
    anak hamster syirian yang gue masukin ke kandangnya.


    Beda dengan induk hamster syrian ini, begitu ada anak asing baunya, langsung dimakan.

    Masa Melahirkan

    Begitu sudah terlihat dia melahirkan satu ekor anak, biarkan dia dan jangan diganggu. Bahkan selama 3-4 hari, biarkan saja, jangan sekali-kali mengutak-atik kondisi dalam kandangnya. Apalagi kalau yang sedang lahiran adalah hamster yang pertama kali mengalami proses melahirkan. Dia akan gampang sekali stress. Dan apabila ada gangguan pada kandangnya, dia bisa memakan anak-anaknya (dengan tujuan melindungi).


    Proses melahirkan yang menyakitkan dan melelahkan.
    Pada gambar diatas, induk hamster ini selalu berpindah tempat tiap kali dia melahirkan seekor anaknya.

    Juga ketika melahirkan ini, anak-anaknya akan terlihat berserakan disekeliling kandang. Dan kita temuin sang induk lagi tidur dipojokan. Kenapa posisi anaknya acak-acakan? Karena ketika tiap satu anak keluar, sang induk (terutama yang pertama kali melahirkan) akan berpindah tempat dan melahirkan di tempat lain. Kadang kalau lahirnya siang, sampai malam kita lihat masih berserakan. Biarin aja, jangan coba-coba dipindahin, karena begitu baunya beda, matilah tu anak. Lagipula, bayi hamster yang baru lahir masih bawa persediaan makanan di pusarnya, yang cukup untuk 2 harian (kalo gak salah inget). Dari pengalaman gue, malemnya anaknya masih berserakan, pas pagi udah rapih semuanya disusuin sama induknya.


    Acak-acakan, seperti induk pemula pada foto ini.


    Masih ada persediaan makan alami, lihat bagian ‘pusar’-nya.

    Selama 1-2 hari ke depan, sang induk akan terlihat jarang menyentuh makanan dan minuman, biarin aja, gak usah panik, itu wajar, gak perlu menggeser makanan ke dekat sang induk (I’ve done this). Bahkan setelah 2 hari itu, kebanyakan yang dilakukan sang induk adalah menimbun makanan di tempat tertentu. Biasanya nggak jauh dari tempat dia ‘mengerami’ anak-anaknya, jadi sambil nyusuin anak si induk juga bisa sambil makan. Sang induk akan kelihatan lahap makan lagi begitu anak-anaknya sudah berusia lebih dari satu minggu. Setelah umur anaknya lebih dari 10 hari, si induk baru meminta waktu lebih untuk sendiri. Ya mulai lari-larian di roda lagi, bahkan gak jarang di tengah tidur sambil nyusuin anaknya, dia bangun, pindah tempat (anaknya berceceran dijalan) dan begitu aja tidur sendirian di pojok.

    Induk hamster akan menentukan berapa anakan yang sanggup dia rawat. Dia akan memakan mulai dari anak dengan kondisi terlemah, dan menyisakan sebagian yang dia ‘sanggupi’ untuk dirawat.


    Ini jumlah awal dari anak-anaknya. Bisa terlihat mana yang sehat dan yang kurang sehat (dari ukuran badan sudah nggak seimbang)


    Ini jumlah yang diputuskan untuk tetap dirawat oleh induknya (hanya tiga).

    Induk yang pertama kali melahirkan belum mahir menyusui. Seringkali ketika anaknya menyusu dia merasa geli dan menggaruk sekitar putting susu yang lagi dihisap si anak, hingga anaknya pun ketendang. Juga dia belum pandai mengatur posisi tubuh, sehingga seringkali tidak semua anak kebagian tempat untuk menyusu (ini juga yang menyebabkan tingkat kematian anak tinggi pada induk pemula). Tapi beda dengan induk yang sudah 2-3 kali melahirkan, gue dah liat bagaimana dengan apiknya dia mengatur agar 11 anak bisa menyusu berbarengan!


    Induk yang sudah berpengalaman (ini adalah melahirkan yang ketiga kalinya).


    Gaya apapun jadi.

    Anak-anak hamster akan keliatan seperti sedang ditindih induknya. Jangan khawatir , itu sebetulnya sedang dihangatkan oleh induknya. Dan dibawah situ mereka sedang asik nyusu. Jangan pegang anak-anak hamster sampai mereka berumur 3 minggu ke atas.


    umur 3 mingguan, siap jadi biang rusuh di kandang.


    (in memoriam) Keluarga hamster yang habis dimakan kucing :

     

    Dua keluarga hamster yang bertahan sampai saat ini:


    Ki-ka : Keluarga 1 (anak betina, induk, anak jantan), Keluarga 2 (induk, anak betina)


    Ki-ka : Anak (betina), induk


    Ki-ka : Anak (betina), anak (jantan), induk


     

    Selamat malam semuanya…. selamat tidur…

     
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