So at the pet store I work at, we got a call, this woman is fucking livid saying her rat bit her and she wants to get rid of it. We try to calm her down enough to get some information. She says her family got the rat as a gift for the kids about six months ago, she doesn’t know the sex, she just wants to get rid of it. We tell her to come on in, since we take small animal surrenders, and a few hours later she shows up carrying a plastic shopping bag. She takes a plastic hamster ball out of the bag and hands it to me. I’m worried because how the hell did they shove a rat into such a tiny hamster ball?
I look inside and it is…………not a rat.
It is a hamster.
I kindly inform the woman that she has been taking care of a pretty little female teddy bear hamster for the past six months.
She leaves, and we get to work getting the little critter out of the tiny hamster ball its been shoved inside. The poor little thing is dirty, matted, covered in its own poop, just in horrible condition, and obviously came from a home that really did not care for it.
Since hamsters are pretty solitary creatures (I’ve been bitten by many a hamster) and this one clearly did not have a good home life, I assumed this ham would be very difficult to handle. But the poor thing deserves the best coming out of that situation and I take a little extra time to clean them up, I cut off all the matts and brushed them out so the skin could breathe.
Turns out this is the nicest hamster in the world. I named them Rat.
Rat will be up for adoption in Brighton, MA after a 72 hour medical quarantine to make sure they are healthy! If you are in the greater boston area and want to adopt Rat, feel free to message me for details.