FURRY FRIDAY (on Saturday).
MESOCRICETUS AURATUS ~ the name means "medium-sized golden hamster"...
THE GOLDEN OR SYRIAN HAMSTER many of us knew as childhood (or adult) pets is actually an endangered species in the wild.
It is said (and DNA typing backs this up) that every pet hamster in the world pet trade came from ONE nest unearthed by accident at an archaeological dig near Aleppo, Turkey in 1930.
Whether these are actual wild golden hamsters or faked up pictures who cares, but you get an idea of what some Syrians and Turks might encounter on a hiking weekend:
Some of the original captive hamster-family died, but at least two of the young did breed, and from this pairing every hamster sold in the pet trade today is descended.
Here's a family of golden hamsters out for a ramble. Don't they look cute:
"HAMSTER" is a German word meaning "hoarder" ... Watch this!
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