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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).
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.