Greetings from Gouda. Gerbils are considered to be friendly, active, gentle pets who love to dig and create burrows/tunnels. They are also intelligent and love to play with toys. Gerbils are diurnal meaning they are active during the day and night. They are very fast-moving therefore, they are not suitable pets for young children, and all children should be supervised by an adult when handling them. Stop in to meet this little fellow.