We choose our new Syrian hamster from Pets at Home and set up her new cage. Music by Kevin Macleod.
Nearly all of today’s Syrian hamsters are said to have come from a group of wild hamsters captured in Aleppo, Syria. These hamsters were taken to a laboratory in Jerusalem to study their behaviour. The lab workers found them to be friendly and easy to look after so took some home and that is probably the first instance of hamsters being kept as pets. The lab workers also sent hamsters to other laboratories around the world and by 1946 hamsters were a very popular pet. Today only dogs, cats, fish and rabbits can claim to be more popular than hamsters.
The most common variety is the Syrian hamster, which is also known as the Golden hamster (see Table: ). This name comes from the coloring of the animal in its original wild home. Today, pet owners can find Syrian hamsters in many color and coat varieties. Other varieties kept as pets include the Russian dwarf hamster, Chinese hamster, and the European hamster (which is uncommon in the United States).
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New cage for my new syrian hamster Cage: Large Pets at Home Wire Cage comes with: Wheel, Ladder, water bottle, food bowl, tubes, house, wood shavings, bedding, food
This is my first hamster in over 10 years and sorry for whispering but at the time my mother had no idea he was in the house so didnt want her to find him. Basic Rules: Spacious cage with wires to reduce chance of wet tail, plenty of room for your syrian to grow and run around and plenty of things to keep them busy (wheel, chew toys, tubes, etc)Hamsters were introduced as pets in the late 1940s. Originally from Syria, Hamsters became popular because of their easy maintenance, odorless living, and disease resistance. They are cute, cuddly, and small. They can make ideal pets for apartment living and for children. If you would like to bring a hamster into your home, there are a few things you should consider when picking out your new furry friend.Now I know I said about getting a rescue hamster or an abandoned ham of some kind well after a week of searching high and low everywhere within a 20 mile radius of my home, I was still coming up with nothing and I was beginning to get impatient – a character flaw I apologise. So I made a few phone calls to the local pet stores to see if they had any syrians for adoption or any that just weren’t selling. On my third phone call, a Pets at Home, not my local one, had a little boy hamster they were keeping out back for some reason. They said if I wanted to go and have a look at him, I was welcome to. So off I went and eventually ended up at the store.Although the Syrian hamster or () was first described scientifically by in 1839, researchers were not able to successfully breed and domesticate hamsters until 1939. The entire laboratory and pet populations of Syrian hamsters appear to be descendants of a single brother–sister pairing. These littermates were captured and imported in 1930 from Aleppo in Syria by , a zoologist of the . In Jerusalem, the hamsters bred very successfully. Years later, animals of this original breeding colony were exported to the USA, where Syrian hamsters became one of the most popular pets and laboratory animals. Comparative studies of domestic and wild Syrian hamsters have shown reduced genetic variability in the domestic strain. However, the differences in behavioral, chronobiological, morphometrical, hematological, and biochemical parameters are relatively small and fall into the expected range of interstrain variations in other laboratory animals.