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Wild degu outbreeding

I have been thinking of trying to find a way to aquire wild degus from South America to improve the genetics of degus with color genes. I found that two people who spent some time in Chili researching wild degus had posted about it on their blogspot account so left comments on their last degu-related post inviting them to answer the question of whether they knew if there was a legal way to take degus out of the country as might have happened in connection to the research they were involved with. Here are the locations of my comments to check later for responces:


note that at the time of posting this here, my comments are not showing up so might be hidden until approved by the blog owners.

Edit: in case my comments got lost somehow, here is what I posted on one of them:
Studying the rodents found in South America (for fun) I noticed that there are different species and subspecies of "chinchilla rats" so your mystery rodent could also be a chinchilla rat but a different species. I am posting here to ask a simple question you might know the answer to: is there any legal way to aquire some wild degus (to be brought to Canada)? I know there is a long-standing ban on exporting wildlife from South America but on Rachel's blog page http://everywhereiroam.blogspot.com/2010/06/new-adventure.html is some captive degus and thought they might have been moved out of the country and if so woud likely have been done through legal channels. My purpose is I intend to do some private research on degu vocalizations and while doing so, sell ones with color genes for pets but these colored degus have been inbred to the point of being unhealthy so wanted to out-breed with some native females to get the best mitochondrial DNA (past on from mothers) along with regular DNA genetic variation. You can answer here or email -- me at annvole dot com -- (with @ and . of course)


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Mar. 20th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
They probably thought your messages were spam because you included your e-mail address and gave website urls. They might also have ignored your messages because you asked things that could possibly incriminate them, or they thought they might get in trouble because you explained legal issues instead of simply asking them how to transport them out of the country without prefacing it with legal questions.
Also, the longer your message is, the more retarded responses you will get. I know this from experience. Ask something simple and get an intelligent response. Write a paragraph, and some idiot just skims what you wrote and gives some obvious, poorly thought out response that isn't helpful in the slightest. This happens mostly when I ask for technical help on my computer. The people who respond afterwards copy the previous guy, asking the same stupid questions or making the same stupid comments, and then the comment thread goes dead and you're no closer to the answer than when you started.
Finally, the people you wrote to may have ended up being arrested for breaking said laws, they could have gone off the grid, or something else may have happened (their account may have been hacked) so that they can't or won't ever reply to anyone from that website ever again.
Solution: Ask something simple first, then ask complicated followup questions once you get an intelligent response.
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