Fur flies at gerbil agility pageant

Breeders flock to New England with pint-sized pets

Posted: May 5, 2013 at 4:34 a.m.

In this Friday, May 3, 2013 photo, Libby Hanna, president of the American Gerbil Society, holds a gerbil prior to the society's annual New England pageant Saturday in Bedford, Mass. The small rodents will be judged on body type and color, and will feature agility demonstrations where they must overcome various obstacles and race to the end of the course. (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi)

BEDFORD, Mass. — The American Gerbil Society’s annual pageant brought dozens of rodents scurrying to New England this weekend for a chance to win “top gerbil.”

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