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This hamster broken

I was out late at a Parish meeting tonight. Not the official Parish Meeting — that’s in May — just a little one where we divvy up chores and gossip.

I suggested a chicken theme for the flower festival. I don’t think it’s going to happen. Just a guess.

So hurrah for the tiny hamster with his widdle weg in a cast, courtesy of a veterinary clinic in Petrozavodsk, Russia. And you guys said Twitter wasn’t good for anything.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 12, 2019, 10:30 pm

He’s cute! I’m sorry he’s injured but it seems he’s getting good care.

Somebody needs to sign that cast, “Vlad sez get all better soon!”

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: February 12, 2019, 11:18 pm

Wanna bet how long it takes for some NPC to claim the Russians are turning him into a Nazi by making him give a Hitler salute???

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 13, 2019, 12:35 am

There’s a terrble video on DM where someone tied a mouse to a bottle and is beating it. I lasted .5 seconds. People are evil.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 13, 2019, 2:13 am

Ric Fan –

I don’t understand what you’re talking about so here is a video of a hamster eating pancakes.


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: February 13, 2019, 3:26 pm

When did hamsters get so small? I had Syrian golden hamsters * as a boy, and they were smaller than guinea pigs but certainly not dwarfish. Are Syrian goldens even available any more? And did hamster breeders start trying to reduce their size, or something?

* Purchased, believe it or not, at Woolworth’s. They used to have a pet department: hamsters, parakeets, turtles, and even the infamous baby alligators.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 13, 2019, 8:15 pm

That’s a baby, I think.

I loved the pet department at Woolworth’s. I bought my mother a pet mouse there once (for 99¢). In my childish cunning, no doubt, I assumed she would let me take care of it.

She did not. She taught it to drink beer by dipping its paws in the gutter ’round the top of the beer can and letting it lick itself clean.

Yes. My mother had an alcoholic mouse named Caesar.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: February 13, 2019, 9:15 pm

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 13, 2019, 8:15 pm

That’s a baby, I think.
Stoaty, that might be, but the ones I see in Petco now are these tiny little things. Are they all babies? The ones they sold in Woolworth’s were almost full-sized; at least they never grew very much from the time we got them until they passed on to their rewards about 2 years later.

I know there are breeds or species called “dwarf” hamsters. But are the old golden Syrian ones no longer bred or imported?

It’s all pretty academic for me. I have 2 giant cats who would love to terrorize a mouse or hamster.

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