We've had 4 male gerbils (all from same litter) since May 2010. They are kept in a big gerbilarium with a huge tank at the bottom filled with sawdust and cardboard tubes etc and on top is a two-story cage where they have a wooden house big enough for all four of them to sleep in. They are well fed and have always been very happy. Recently though two of them have started fighting (they are the two who look the same, both brown, whereas other two are a grey and a white). One of them is coming off much worse than the other and now looks terrible with big scabs around his face and shoulders where he's being bitten. The only thing that I can think of that might have started this off is that a couple of weeks ago their water bottle got stuck and they couldn't get water out of it but I didn't notice for a few days, so by the time I noticed and then replaced it so they could access water again they were all fighting to get to the water and I felt terrible about it! But this fighting between tow of them is continuing. What do I do? I am reluctant to get another cage and separate them, I wouldn't want one on his own, and neither would I really want to put two in each cage as up until now they have got on really well. Is the fighting likely to stop as suddenly as it started? Or once they fight is one doomed to be picked on forever? Any suggestions?
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