BEDFORD, Mass. (May 4, 2013)--Dozens of gerbil owners and their pets are scurrying to New England this weekend in the hopes of a victory in an annual pageant held by the American Gerbil Society.
The competition in Bedford, Mass., will include agility demonstrations in which the gerbils must overcome various obstacles and race to the end of a course.
The small rodents vie for coveted ribbons based on body type and agility.
The show draws gerbil enthusiasts from around the country.
Sarah Kaden, 14, of Bordentown, N.J., says she thinks gerbils have great personalities.
"Even though they are so little, they are very different from each other and they smell a lot less than my brother's hamsters,” she said.