The word hamster comes from the German hamstern meaning ‘to hoard’. Hamsters can hoard an enormous amount of food in their cheek pouches and have even been known to hide their pups in their pouches if they sense danger. They make lovely pets, although ours were a bit unrewarding – they slept all day and spent all night noisily pounding around on their wheel. Apparently Sid Vicious was named after Johnny Rotten’s hamster.

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