Hamsters are incredibly popular pets. They’re famed for being cute little balls of fuzz who just run on their wheels or in their plastic balls or lap beads of water out of their little water bottles and dig around in wood chips and what have you. But underneath that cute exterior lies a miserable pile of dark secrets. Hamsters, it turns out, are blind, alcoholic, inbred, murderous, cannibalistic cranks. Hamsters are terrible.
For humans, one of the strongest natural emotional forces is the protective instinct a mother feels toward her children. So that’s why it’s so shocking for many people to find out that it’s actually not that uncommon for a mother hamster to kill and eat her babies.
There are a number of reasons why this might happen: stress caused by the size of the litter, fear of the environment, especially if some goony human pokes too close or too often around a hamster cage with a litter of pups in it, a human’s scent getting on the babies and confusing the mom so that she doesn’t recognize her own offspring, insufficient food, or just because the mother feels overwhelmed and worries she won’t be able to provide for or protect her babies. It’s actually an act of mercy, not just some case of sudden cannibalistic munchies.
In that context, it’s much clearer that a hamster mother eating her babies is actually just a different manifestation of that same protective maternal instinct that human mothers feel, and it’s maybe a little easier to understand. But all that understanding might fall away when you read about how hammy moms sever their pups’ heads. Respect and understanding, man. They are hard won, but sadly can be lost by something as small and inconsequential as eating your own child’s head.
Watch the video for more about the truth about hamsters!
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Cannibalistic Hamsteroid Underground Dwellers | 0:24
Well, the teeth start growing and they don’t stop growing… | 1:34
Blind as bats | 2:47
They’re like chocoholics, but for booze | 3:57
No trespassing | 4:58
There’s no off-switch on the baby-making machine | 5:41