I've had a lot of pets in my life but I've never had a gerbil. Right now, he's in a temporary 10 gallon glass aquarium with the essentials but I do plan on upgrading his home once I have the funds for it. He is also currently housing alone because when I got him a few days ago, he was separated from the other gerbils. He had been roughed up by a few of them when he was in the community part. I do plan on getting him a companion as I've read that gerbils actually bond better with their owners if they have a gerbil friend. So far, he has only eaten from my hand. Anytime I put food in my hand and place it down, he'll come out of his small hut, eat from my hand, and retreat right back. He doesn't like to be picked up and he spends most of his time in his wooden hut (which he has successfully burrowed himself in). Then again, I'm not sure how to approach holding a gerbil either. I don't know if they're the type of animal that you just need to pick up to hold or the type that will sit in your hand and will let you pick it up. I know he'll be more active and friendly when I get him a friend, but I'm curious about if there's anything I can do now for him. What are some general things i should know about keeping a gerbil? What do they like? What should I be looking out for? I am also curious about advice on when I do get him a buddy. I don't want the other gerbil to be a female, as I've heard plenty of stories of people's pet gerbils just having a bunch of babies. If he is housed with another male gerbil, what are some good ways to introduce them to one another? Is there any type of behavior I should look out for? How would I go about bonding with the both of them? Any advice helps, thank you!