Posted Mar 16, 2015
I went to a pet store with my children, and they fell in love with two little Syrian hamsters, one brown and white, Woody, and the other all white, Fluffy. We were told that Woody and Fluffy were both boys, but soon learned that Fluffy was a girl, when she gave birth to five little bald babies. My kids and I were so excited to see the babies in the aquarium, and were soon able to pick them up and hold them. We watched as they grew fur, got larger and opened their eyes, began to walk and play. Hamsters are a great way for children to learn taking care of pets, treating animals with care and respect, and about nature. They are not very expensive to care for, requiring only clean shavings, water and some food pellets each day. The two little hamsters were fast, and so much fun to watch. They enjoyed playing in a plastic sphere that allowed them to run all over the floor, and
also liked the wheel in the aquarium, where they would run endlessly, it seemed. The kids enjoyed holding their pets and caring for them.
After the babies were old enough, we found a few homes to take them, and Woody and Fluffy resumed their normal lives. Soon, however, we had another litter of baby hamsters in the aquarium. Six, this time! What would we do with all these hamsters, if they had babies every few months? Well, we talked to the pet store owner, and he agreed to take the babies when they were ready to leave the mother, in exchange for hamster food. We had the perfect solution, and provided him with many baby hamsters over the next few years. We really enjoyed raising our two hamsters, and my children still talk about them today.
Pictures: cheeks stuffed: "1193862914 nyam" by Andriy.babets - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1193862914_nyam.jpg#/media/File:1193862914_nyam.jpg
Babies: "Yeni dogulan xamyak balalari" by Cekli829 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yeni_do%C4%9Fulan_xamyak_balalar%C4%B1.jpg#/media/File:Yeni_do%C4%9Fulan_xamyak_balalar%C4%B1.jpg