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Hamsters Are Rampant

Post by Woodbine » Wed Jul 16, 2008 00:50

No, it's not the title of the new Fall album.....my sister innocently bought two hamsters. Both boys. Or so she thought, until one day one of them popped a load of baby hamsters out. Oops. Daddy hamster was quickly removed as apparently the female hamsters want bugger all to do with them as soon as the sprogs are around ( go girls). The pet shop who wrongly told my sister that she had two hamsters of the same sex kindly agreed to sell the six baby ones. Now she thinks the mum hamster is pregnant again...to one of her babies. Discuss.
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Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jul 16, 2008 08:35

This is all quite normal from where I come from. What's your problem?

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Post by meepmeep » Wed Jul 16, 2008 18:17

I once had a hamster. I killed* it.





*by accident.
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Post by humblebee » Wed Jul 16, 2008 21:10

I bought a hamster in 1993. I didn't realise it was pregnant. We ended up having a massive hamster dynasty spanning four generations and seven cities.

Cute and everything but they were all vicious little buggers. Not my favourite kind of pet, I have to say.

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Post by meepmeep » Wed Jul 16, 2008 23:18

And hamsters smell quite a lot too, don't they?

I don't think I'm very lucky with hamsters. I've had two myself, of which I killed one. I also lost a friend's hamster, which was obviously massively awkward. The lost hamster, which may or may not have been called Max, was however found among said friend's collection of shoe boxes after about an hour and a half of intense searching, and after some extensive chasing brought back to safety.
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Post by mae » Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:07

i had a hamster once but i got bored with it and it died. also, it escaped once in the night and my brother was staying over and he thought it was a mouse and caught it and hit it and then realised it was my hamster. oops. it wasn't really his fault though because we did have mice in that part of the house.

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Post by Mr Bear » Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:20

I had a hamster once too. She used to like eating little bits of Mars Bar and running along the arms of chairs, but occasionally used to fall off. It was probably a combination of those two things that ended up killing her.

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Post by tonieee » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:30

I've never had a hamster but I used to have gerbils. The first one I had was called Lulu and she was very tame. Whenever I was in the house I used to leave her cage open and she would just run around and eventually go back in when she was tired/hungry. She used to come and sit on the sofa with me and watch telly. She eventually died by jumping into a boiling hot cup of herbal tea.

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Post by Mr Bear » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:36

tonieee wrote:She used to come and sit on the sofa with me and watch telly. She eventually died by jumping into a boiling hot cup of herbal tea.
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Post by SophieC » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:52

this appears to have become the official hamster anecdote repository thread. good.

my sister sat on her hamster once. it was the strangest thing. i could see a hamster happily sitting on the sofa and then in slow motion this arse falls down from the sky like a monstrous eclipse. once the arse had been removed from the hamster and we examined it (the hamster, not the arse), it was still alive but was panting furiously and was completely and utterly rigid with these terrified and accusing eyes. prodding and poking had absolutely no effect on its rigidity so we placed it back in it's cage. it took a long time to unstiffen and from them on would retreat and cower under newspaper and ripped up paper at the back of the cage whenever anyone came near it. it died shortly afterwards, probably tormented to death by dreams of sudden envelopment by arse.
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Post by wrapyrtroubles » Thu Jul 17, 2008 14:23

my brother squashed one of our hamsters when he was about 3 and i was 5. we used to make them little obstacle courses inside the lid of a big old fashioned lego box. anyway one of the obstacles was a book stood open on its sides like a tent. while the hamster was underneath he just pushed the book down and said something like'fluffy!' and i was horrified and he lifted the book and the hamster was flat and there was a little spot of blood by its mouth on the white card lid. shiver.

this is not by any means my only hamster anecdote but i'll let that one sink in first. i've forgiven my brother now by the way.

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Post by SophieC » Thu Jul 17, 2008 14:30

wrapyrtroubles wrote:my brother squashed one of our hamsters when he was about 3 and i was 5. we used to make them little obstacle courses inside the lid of a big old fashioned lego box. anyway one of the obstacles was a book stood open on its sides like a tent. while the hamster was underneath he just pushed the book down and said something like'fluffy!' and i was horrified and he lifted the book and the hamster was flat and there was a little spot of blood by its mouth on the white card lid. shiver.

this is not by any means my only hamster anecdote but i'll let that one sink in first. i've forgiven my brother now by the way.
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Post by soft revolution » Wed Nov 12, 2008 22:56

The British Hamster Association have a journal! That's amazing - http://www.britishhamsterassociation.or ... ations.php
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Post by squirrelboutique » Wed Nov 12, 2008 23:02

Clicking on that link caused a whole range of emotions for me. I was overly excited to see an obituary there on the first page thinking it would be a hamster obituary. Then I was sad as I realized it was an obituary for a woman named June who was blind and died of liver cancer.

Then came hysterical laughter when reading this line from the obit:
She could see with her hands more than many sighted people could with their eyes and was an expert at sexing baby hamsters!
And now I am left with extreme guilt for laughing at an obituary.

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Post by soft revolution » Wed Nov 12, 2008 23:14

squirrelboutique wrote:Clicking on that link caused a whole range of emotions for me. I was overly excited to see an obituary there on the first page thinking it would be a hamster obituary. Then I was sad as I realized it was an obituary for a woman named June who was blind and died of liver cancer.

Then came hysterical laughter when reading this line from the obit:
She could see with her hands more than many sighted people could with their eyes and was an expert at sexing baby hamsters!
And now I am left with extreme guilt for laughing at an obituary.
Ooh, crikey. I suspect I'd have done the same had I not read several hamster obituaries today already (because I'm looking for a local breeder to get a hamster from, it's not some weird browsing habbit)

I looked through the article titles and went straight to 'Lumps - a response'. Just reading about hamster shows at the moment.
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Post by squirrelboutique » Wed Nov 12, 2008 23:17

Nothing you can say will convince me that your Google searching was for anything other than "sexing baby hamsters."

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Post by squirrelboutique » Wed Nov 12, 2008 23:21

Some of those article titles would make fantastic horrible band names.

Dwarf Hamster Confusion

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Post by caramarydaisy » Thu Nov 13, 2008 16:06

i am currently on my second russian dwarf hamster..

the first one, i rescued. someone had kindly put a post it note by the lift saying there was a hamster running about in the back (completely unused) staircase if anyone had lost one. i went to investigate, and sure enough, there was a teeeeny hamster. i took it in, and left a note saying i had it, but no one claimed it. i called it maximilian, altho i later found out he was a she.

my friend donated some old rotastack equipment in exchange for ale, and we cohabited my flat quite happily, until it developed a big tumor on its neck and died the nite before i was due to fly to seattle. id had her just over a year tho. she was incredibly friendly, but very very fast and a little difficult to handle.

her replacement is another she, called jemima. she is much more friendly, and licks yr hand if you hold her. occasionally she will try to nip at yr hand, but really she is lovely. she has a worrying habit of chewing at the metal bars in this small section of her cage tho, despite her having lots of chewy things and food. its a bit worrying, and apparently a bit bad for her.

neither of mine have smelled. their cages arent terribly open (like all metal bars) so maybe that helps, and i clean her out really often so nothing has a chance to linger.
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