Yesterday morning Joseph got up and did what he always does. Says good morning to Fluffy. Unfortunately, Fluffy was not in his aquarium!! Apparently during the night, little Fluffy discovered that if he jumped up onto the top of his hiding house, then he could jump out of the aquarium and onto the bags of Timothy hay behind it. We feel very strongly that the movie "Ratatouille" is to blame for all of this. We have been watching that movie a lot since we got it for Christmas. Guinea pigs are in the rodent family. I think Fluffy was inspired. Well, anyway, we woke up Travis and an all out alarm went out. We broke out the flashlight and started looking. We found him under the couch right next to his home. We tried to coax him out with his favorite food~celery~but he was terrified (sneaking out isn't so much fun after all). Travis lifted the couch, I went to the corner, and Joseph climbed under. Joseph was able to grab Fluffy and bring him out to safety. It took about an hour for Fluffy to calm down and eat anything once he was back in his home. We put a home made lid on the aquarium above his hiding house to prevent future escape attempts.
The saddest thing of all was when Joseph started to cry and asking us why Fluffy would run away. He was concerned that Fluffy didn't love him anymore and ran away from home. He has given the little pig several stern lectures since this all happened. I'm sure Fluffy is very sorry and it won't happen again!