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ham·ster

(ham'stĕr),
Any of four genera (subfamily Cricetinae, family Muridae) of small rodents widely used in research and as pets: Cricetus, Cricetulus, Mesocricetus, and Phodopus. All hamsters are seed and plant feeders, store food, hibernate in winter, and breed throughout the year under laboratory conditions.

hamster

A rodent, Cricetus cricetus, belonging to the family Cricetidae, common in Europe and western Asia. It is extensively used in medical research.
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"He had the hamster in the sandwich but nobody ever said he ate it.
It consists of three rooms where children - and adults - can first see hamsters in their tank, only to enter a room equipped with the same items - this time, to make humans feel as if they are the hamsters in a tank themselves.
The average lifespan of a laboratory hamster is around 3 years(Bartlett, 2015), whereas human may live on an average for 80 years(Dutta and Sengupta, 2016, 2018; Sengupta, 2013).
<p class="textbox" dir="ltr">Other recommended diets include Brown's (http://www.fmbrown.com) Tropical Carnival Gourmet Hamster & Gerbil Food; Vitakraft Sunseed's (http://www.vitakraftsunseed.com) SunSations Natural Hamster & Gerbil Formula; Small World (http://www.mannapro.com) Complete Feed for Hamster & Gerbil; and Hagen (http://www.hagen.com)Hamster & Gerbil VME (Vitamin and Mineral Enriched).
BfN President Beate Jessel: "The field hamster is classified on the Red List of mammals in Germany as 'threatened with extinction.' Without the large-scale implementation of protection and relief measures, this species will die out in the foreseeable future with us there is an urgent need for action.
As the intrepid hamster does not belong to nearby neighbours, the RSPCA thinks she may have come from further afield.
He added: "When we told him we were expecting our first child he clapped his hands and said, 'Oh, a little Hamster' so, really, my daughter Issy (now 17) was the first Hamster.
RSPCA officers say they are "shocked" by the circumstances surrounding the abandonment - with the hamster in a very good, clean cage containing a PS50 price tag.
Hamsters are among the cutest pets a person can own.
The common hamster Cricetus cricetus (Linnaeus, 1758) is a widespread Palaearctic rodent of prominent external appearance.
She said: "The person involved was clearly not demonstrating his duty of care towards the hamster.