Hamster Jokester (Animal Story 9)

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@MALUSE (31671)
Denmark
November 16, 2016 2:19pm CST
When I got my job as a teacher, I was sent to a town I'd never heard of before. I was lucky to find accommodation with a nice family who helped me to acclimatise. It was a couple with two children, a 13-year-old boy, and a 10-year-old girl. I had a room, a kitchen and a bathroom on the upper floor of their house where the parents and the girl also had their bedrooms. One day a young colleague told me that he would be away for a long weekend. He asked me if I'd stay at home and if so, whether I could look after his two golden hamsters. I wasn't too keen on this. I had never had a hamster (or any other pet) and also didn't like these animals particularly. I don't know how to build a relationship with hamsters like I can do with cats or dogs. Besides, I consider keeping them in tiny cages cruelty to animals. I know that one can't let them roam freely through a house, of course. After all, they're rodents and bite and nibble at everything biteable and nibbleable. Yet my colleague pleaded with me. He didn't know anyone else he could ask. I relented. My landlord's daughter had a hamster in her room and I thought I could ask her to help me if need be. The opportunity came sooner than I expected. In the evening I put the cage in my kitchen in order to be able to get some sleep. The constant whirring of the hamster wheel got on my nerves. The next morning, when I went there to see how they were doing and feed them, I found one of them lying on its back with its paws in the air. Good grief! How was it possible that it had died on me? I hadn't done anything wrong, had I? I panicked. What could I tell my colleague? Then I had an idea. Don't all hamsters look alike more or less? Maybe if I bought a new one, he wouldn't notice. But I didn't know if the two hamsters were male/male // male/female // or female/female. I had forgotten to ask. I didn't see myself carrying a dead hamster to a zoo shop and ask a shop assistant to find out its gender. I told the girl about my plight. She had a look at the scene, took a long knife out of a drawer and poked the hamster gently into its side. It turned round, stood up and continued its hamster life as if nothing had happened. I was dumbstruck, flummoxed and flabbergasted! A miracle! The resurrection of a dead hamster! The girl, however, told me matter-of-factly that hamsters behave like that occasionally when they fight and want the opponent to stop attacking them. Obviously, it works. I was deeply moved and deplored the fact that human beings don't have such an inbuilt instinct. The hamster was safe, I was saved and my colleague happy when he got his hamsters back. --- If you're interested in more animal stories, click on the green box above the title.
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@Happy2BeMe (66596)
• Canada
16 Nov 16
I am glad to hear that the hamster was okay and that you didn't have to tell your friend you killed his hamster. I suppose you could have bought a new one. Not sure he would have even noticed!
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@TheHorse (51518)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov 16
Oh come on! To a hamster owner, each hamster is as distinct as horses are to horse owners. Well, almost.
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@Happy2BeMe (66596)
• Canada
16 Nov 16
@TheHorse lol maybe so. I had many hamsters and I couldn't tell one from other lol
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@JudyEv (96670)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 16
I reckon I would have known if one had been substituted for another - but I've never had hamsters so I shouldn't really be giving an opinion.
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@Corbin5 (78613)
• United States
16 Nov 16
Humans really would benefit from using the hamster-way of telling an aggressor that he or she has had enough! So glad a young person came to the rescue. When I was teaching, students had come to my aid on a variety of occasions due to me being clueless.
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@MALUSE (31671)
• Denmark
16 Nov 16
I had a 'handyman' in each class for all technical stuff. Always eager boys. Girls weren't interested in the job. They were 'paid' with an occasional sweet. Their help didn't result in better marks, though. :-)
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@Corbin5 (78613)
• United States
16 Nov 16
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@TheHorse (51518)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov 16
Glad you didn't quickly flush him before his possum gag was over.
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@MALUSE (31671)
• Denmark
16 Nov 16
@TheHorse Do possums do that? There are none in Germany, so I wouldn't know.
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@TheHorse (51518)
• Pleasant Hill, California
16 Nov 16
@MALUSE Yes, possums freeze when threatened. Not upside down, though. funny story!
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@valmnz (12573)
• New Zealand
19 Nov 16
Thanks for the chuckle I can just imagine how you felt at the time
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@Tampa_girl7 (21241)
• United States
17 Nov 16
That is quite the happy ending
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@GardenGerty (90157)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov 16
Great story. I guess hamsters can be tricky. We had one at the preschool that got out, and managed to live under dangerous conditions for a while. They are cute, when they belong to someone else.
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@andriaperry (30871)
• Anniston, Alabama
19 Nov 16
Like you I would have thought the same. I am not a hamster person either, although my big brother had a few when we were very little.
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@Hate2Iron (7325)
• Canada
17 Nov 16
lol... I didn't know that a hamster would do that and we have had two... but not at the same time. That would probably explain it!!
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@Madshadi (3287)
• Brussels, Belgium
17 Nov 16
If I see a hamster come back to life I'd freak out lol. Thanks, I learned something about them today
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@ms1864 (6969)
• Bangalore, India
17 Nov 16
lol...i didn't know hamsters did this either.
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@JudyEv (96670)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Nov 16
What a great story. I can only imagine how pleased you were to be able to give the hamsters back.
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@amadeo (46104)
• United States
16 Nov 16
Not sure what to say.Most comments below says it all.LOL
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16 Nov 16
Thank goodness you didn't bury it alive in the back garden!
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@NJChicaa (28282)
• United States
16 Nov 16
I had no idea hamsters did such a thing. Clearly I don't know my rodents well enough.
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20 Nov
Lol This is a funny experience.And I never knew hamster acted this way for survival...
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@MALUSE (31671)
• Denmark
20 Nov
I didn't know that, either, so I was shocked when I saw the immobile critter.
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20 Nov
@MALUSE the funniest part was,you didnt knew its gender lol and was thinking to buy a new one...
@MALUSE (31671)
• Denmark
20 Nov
@vaishu0106 It's a true story, believe me! Glad you liked it.
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@garymarsh6 (12100)
• United Kingdom
20 Nov
Haha that made me laugh out loud. You poor thing what a shock!
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@MALUSE (31671)
• Denmark
20 Nov
Glad to see that you're back from wherever you were. Have to have a look.
@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
23 Nov
My daughter wanted a hamster all her life, I told her she could get one when she got over 90% for her examination, she did eventually achieve those marks, but she was 18 and not interested in a hamster anymore. There was no way I was going to have a hamster in my home!
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@BelleStarr (31073)
• Portland, Connecticut
22 Nov
I have to admit I am not a hamster fan myself, they are much to rodent like for me. lol
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@DianneN (57241)
• United States
21 Nov
I'm all for happy endings.
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@LoriAMoore (9658)
• United States
19 Nov 16
That is so funny, although I'm sure it wasn't funny to you at the time. Who knew that hamsters played "opossum?"
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