Pets at Home has launched a series of workshops for children this half term at stores across the UK.
The company said that parents are being invited to take their children along to a series of workshops that are set to teach children about the rewards of pet ownership.
Children taking part will learn about different species of gerbil, including the five welfare needs of these animals – shelter, food and water, good health, appropriate company and the right living environment – which are all vital for keeping pets happy and healthy.
Staff members will be overseeing the workshops – part of the My Pet Pals Activity Club initiative – from February 10-25, and there will also be the chance for youngsters to meet and greet these small, furry animals.
A spokeswoman for Pets at Home said: “Gerbils are active, sociable and low maintenance, making them an ideal first pet for kids. Our free in-store workshops are a chance for young pet lovers to learn more about gerbils.”