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I think their names are nice! They sound like such a great pair - like salt and pepper!
This was surely disheartening and I really want to remind people that breeding hamsters for sale is far from lucrative! However, I'm doubtful that this owner did this. It appears rather that the owner wanted to breed a pet and probably initially wanted to keep them (concerning the adults, I mean). As for the mother with babies, I cannot really fathom - perhaps the owner was scared of the new commitment?
This picture below is of one of the hammies that was left there. He is the oldest and may have to be put to sleep if he can't find a good home. The picture next to that is another abandoned hammy, having a good afternoon nap. Isn't he a beautiful color?
Pet stores cannot keep the hamsters for too long as there is limited space and they usually end up cramped and start to fight. The females also become pregnant when they are too young. I've heard people commenting that pet store owners do not sell syrians anymore because they are not profitable - one owner even told me he was "doing it for charity"....There was another store offering me a pick of all the hamsters in their cage for free and another their mice. I adopted one hamster. That is really the story of Toffee.
Pictures by Hui Jen
Hello my name is Sarah Wheatcroft and I am Ten years old. I have a hamster his name is Hercules.
I chose his name because when he was a baby he looked strong and reminded me of the Greek legend of Hercules .
He eats nuts and hamster food and throws all his food around . He is not allowed to eat Green food because it will give him diarrhea .
Hercules is a
golden hamster with black eyes and
a pink nose, he is Eighteen months
old . He has some pouches in his mouth
which he uses to store food and
then he goes to bed and has a
midnight feast. In the wild hamsters
eat grain and destroy crops .
You must clean the Hamster out every week. Because if you don’t keep his cage, food-bowl and toys perfectly clean he can catch diseases. To clean out my Hamster first of all I put him in his play-ball for a run around. Then I tip his food-bowl bedding and saw-dust in the dust bin and soak his cage with warm water and dettox. While this is disinfecting I wash out his food-bowl , bottle and house. Everything has to be dried thoroughly because Hamsters can catch colds just like Humans. When everything is dry I put in some clean sawdust and fluff-bed , fill his food –bowl and get him some fresh water. Then the cage is clean and tidy, ready for him to go back in. As soon as I put him back in his cage he dives straight into his food-bowl and chucks his food all around his cage .
Hercules is a very tame Hamster he does not bite and you must never scream because it will frighten him . We play with him every day so he is used to children and this has helped him be tame.
Hamsters are nocturnal that means that they usually sleep during the day and play at night just like foxes and owls. But Hercules sleeps and plays just when he feels like it. Hercules likes to play in his ball although he likes to bash it against the fire-place so that he can escape. He is a bit of a thug really.
It doesn’t cost
a lot of money to keep a hamster.
I saved my pocket money and went
to a car-boot sale were I bought
a cage , food –bowl and water bottle
for five pounds . It does take a
lot of time, love, care and attention
to keep ahamster happy and healthy just