One of the major threats to wild rodents today
is the loss of their natural habitat.
The domestic hamster shown in the picture, is fully capable to live either in harmony with man in or outside his house or home, or live as a fully wild animal in some sort of symbiosis with man. Then the hamster will never be tame, but lives as a scavengers of the residues of humans as well as of mice and rats that are attracted to our food and trash.
Either way, this animal seems to be very adapt to survival in a close relationship with us.
The various species of hamsters found in nature today are all descendants of the African wild hamster. One reckons that the origin of the domestic hamster is found in the African wild hamster which inhabits today the savannahs of Central and Northern Africa.
Some hamsters are born with dysfunctions created by man in his pursuit of creating new races. These dysfunctions might be loss of hearing, lack of hair and teeth as well poor eye sight.
These wild animals are extremely elusive and impossible to domesticate. However, their cousin in the rest of the world seem to have adapted to a life along with humans.
They are both hunters as well as scavengers and the saying of them having seven lives.
Hamsters are ferocious breeders and will rapidly reproduce into large quantities. This is very different from the wild rodents of today which have a lot fewer offspring and higher infant mortality rate.
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