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Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus)

Posted on Jun 23, 2007 by in Rodents | 3 comments

Mesocricetus auratus
Number 0021

Here is a hamster for Joe Hall. It turns out that the hamster species kept as pets is just one of several kinds of hamsters, so tune in for the next 14 years and you’re sure to see some more! This is a golden hamster. My sister and I had one when we were kids. We went to Jerry’s Pets in the mall and picked out a cute female one, colored just like the one in this drawing. We named her Peachy. Well, one morning less than a week later, we woke up to find seven strange-looking little pink eraser bugs in the cage with Peachy. She ate one, the rest grew fur and opened their eyes, we gave four away, and we kept two: a light brown one I called Kisser and a spotty one my sister named Pinto Bean. Pinto Bean later became a proficient pianist (really!), but I think all three of them ended up escaping, never to be found again.


  1. that is just beautiful and cute… thanks! I’d like to think that I’d be a hammy in a next life. Do you Creative Commons license your drawings? best, Joe

  2. Hi Joe! I’m glad you like your hamster. I can see you as one in a future life, too…

    I haven’t set up a Creative Commons license yet (for those who aren’t familiar with it, CC is a sort of alternative copyright that lets creators specify the types of rights that they reserve), but I probably will in the future.


  3. This the animal of my b-day, but it isn’t in 2007

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