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Anastasi of Waltham got hooked on gerbils after buying them for her daughters when they were younger.

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"Anyone can buy a $12 gerbil and get into the sport of gerbil showing or gerbil agility," said Anastasi, who is also vice president of the American Gerbil Society. "It's very fun . easy and affordable and something you can do with your kids."

BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) The American Gerbil Society's annual pageant brought dozens of rodents scurrying to New England this weekend for a chance to win "top gerbil."

The Friday Saturday show drew gerbil enthusiasts and breeders from around the country and culminates in the presentation of champion and breeder certificates.

The Bedford competition called for agility demonstrations in which the gerbils must overcome obstacles and race to the end of a course. Breeders of the small animals vie for coveted ribbons based on body type and agility.

"I've had a couple of people come to my house that actually didn't know that I had gerbils. They were sort of freaked out, but I just told them that Adidas Crop Top Urban Outfitters it was OK, they stay in their tanks, there was nothing to worry about," said Diane Nott who traveled from Elyria, Ohio, to compete in the show.

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Gerbils are perfect pets for modern families as they don't require to be taken out for a walk, could easily fit in a small apartment and their tanks only need to be cleaned about once a week.

An ideal female gerbil will have a more streamlined appearance that even humans covet, she said.

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That sentiment is not surprising since the small, furry and inquisitive creatures look cute when they nibble on their food, stand on their hind feet or scurry around their environment.

but slim," said Hanna, who serves as a judge in the show. "I usually use a figure skater as my mental image or gymnasts so obviously a gymnast is not necessarily a big, big woman, but she's gonna be strong, muscular and athletic."

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At the New England show, each animal undergoes a health check. Inspectors look at the whiskers, teeth and mouths and check to ensure the rodents have no runny noses, bugs, loss of fur on their tails or other signs of health problems.

"A male gerbil should be a good, strong, hefty looking gerbil," said Libby Hanna, president of the American Gerbil Society. "If you are going to think of it in human terms, you might think of a football player somebody who's big, thick neck, nice, strong looking male gerbil."

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´╗┐Gerbils strut their stuff at New England pageant

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Still, some people freak out when they visit friends and see gerbils in the home.

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than my brother's hamsters," she said Friday.

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