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Libby Hanna holds a gerbil prior to the New England Gerbil Show. (Rodrique Ngowi/AP)
Libby Hanna holds a gerbil prior to the New England Gerbil Show. (Rodrique Ngowi/AP)

This story originally aired on May, 11, 2013. 

“When you judge a male gerbil, a helpful human model is a football player.”

So said Libby Hanna, president of the American Gerbil Society, which recently hosted a competition in Bedford, Mass. featuring dozens of gerbil vying  for best in show.

For female gerbils, Hanna said the ideal models are figure skaters or gymnasts.

But personality still plays a critical role in the competition.

“We’re looking for friendly, curious, happy animals,” Hanna said. “In a close competition many a gerbil has edged his or her way into first place by running up the judge’s arm and sitting on her shoulder or something like that.”

This segment aired on December 28, 2013.

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