Amanda used to have two little white hamsters. One of them died suddenly about 18 months ago, but the other one had been happily carrying on, despite its age.
While I was over with Amanda for Christmas and New Year little old hamster was finally starting to suffer. The poor little thing had developed a huge tumour on one of its front legs and, although it was bravely carrying on doing little hammie things, it was obviously starting to get in distress. So we had to let the vet do the kindest thing. Sorry hammie.
So Amanda, being Amanda, went out and got two more and a brand new cage for them.
Mrs. Hammy 1
Mrs. Hammy 2
Mrs. Hammy 3
Mrs. Hammy 4
As is normal for them only Mrs. Hammy was out and about when we got the camera to hand; Mr. was having a little nap (again !).
The ball at the top of the cage has a really neat feature. (Every hamster owner should get one !) There is a digital counter built in to the cage, and each time a certain point on the surface of the ball goes past it, up goes the count.
Brilliant… Now you know how many times your hammies have been round on their wheel !
From that it is then primary grade mathematics to work out how far they have travelled since the last time you reset the counter.
Ok, so with two hammies sharing one ball one can’t say how far each of them has travelled, Mrs. definitely does a lot more running than Mr. that’s for sure, and they quite often run in tandem… oh yes, both side by side trundling away, haha ….. but what do you think ? What would you reckon is the longest distance these little critters have racked up over a 24 hour period ?
I’ve heard that they do travel quite a distance in the wild, but I mean they sleep most of the day and do most of their running at night, so it can’t be that far, can it ?
Can it ?
How about a fraction short of 11 miles !
….. just over 17.5km !
They must be crazy !!!!!
Mind you, that was when it was bit chilly at night. Now it’s started to get a bit hotter and steamier they’re only doing about a quarter of that, but Wow !
The things you learn.
Update: 20th July 2010
See here for further stories and information about how far hamsters run in a day.