This story originally aired on May, 11, 2013.
“When you judge a male gerbil, a helpful human model is a football player.”
So said Libby Hanna, president of the American Gerbil Society, which recently hosted a competition in Bedford, Mass. featuring dozens of gerbil vying for best in show.
For female gerbils, Hanna said the ideal models are figure skaters or gymnasts.
But personality still plays a critical role in the competition.
“We’re looking for friendly, curious, happy animals,” Hanna said. “In a close competition many a gerbil has edged his or her way into first place by running up the judge’s arm and sitting on her shoulder or something like that.”