My first memory of meeting anything to do with the
Syrian Hamster was from a set of collection cards that PG Tips tea leaf
boxes had in them. I can't remember all the details but I can
remember a collection entitled "Endangered Species of the World".
One of these cards was the
Syrian "Golden" Hamster. I seem to recall the card refering to
fact that in 1958 there was an estimated population of 8 in the wild.
memories may be slightly wrong as it is a long time ago and the mind
play tricks over time. If anyone is that interested in the exact
then I'm sure a little investigation would result in the correct
the card in question gave.
My next encounter with the animal was when a neighbour enquired if me
and my family had lost one as he had found one in his garden and put it
in a secure
cage in his garage till he found its owner. My children were
but had never had a hamster as a pet and I wouldn't have known what
needs were so on that ocassion I declined the offer of homing it if he
unsucessful in finding its rightful owner.
The first hamster I actually had the pleasure of owning was a lovely
satin blue mink that was aquired from "Pets at Home" which was named
Lola. Within a week it was quite at home in an evening runing
around in the conservatory. It would run up and over me and my
wife, climb everything and anything from the front of loudspeakers to
the bamboo blinds. It would usually wait at the top of things to
be rescued and brought back down to earth rather than jump and possibly
hurt itself on the laminate floor in the room.
Within 7 days I realised the enormous appetite they have for escaping.
It's when you find yourself at 11pm lifting a run of floor boards
the full length of the house and have a neighbour knocking the front
door asking what the trouble is that you realise that these little
furry animals are very addictive! Yes it had climbed a pair of
water pipes and managed to get into the floor boards.
3 days later, with cracked wall-paper around the fireplace where it had
fallen down one evening, the carpets and floorboards up in one bedroom
the landing, and the little creature was back in it's rightful cage
a little weary and sooty, with a vow that better vigilence would be
However do we ever really learn? A stereo surround sound knawed
through and various other signs of hamster teeth at work, like holes in
carpets and insulation from the backs of fridges and freezers missing
in places and I think the answer is a resounding "No!" One thing
that you do learn is
how to find and catch them with the least amount of stress and worry
From this one female hamster called Lola the bug was well and truely
imbedded. From her I learnt how to mate hamsters and an enormous
amount about the genetics of hamsters and their colours. I have
been a member of one hamster club or another in one form or another
since the January after getting that first hamster. Currently a
member of "The Northern Hamster Club"
So you can probably see that my interest in these creatures that have a
personality quite individual to themselves is consisting of a natural
knowledge of their closeness to extinction in the wild along with the
things they get up to from time to time together with the challenge of
producing specimens of the required colour for showing.(written by Paul)
Hamsters with other Pets