Thursday, August 07, 2008


One of the joys in life is PARENTING... one of the joys of my son, is his pet... or pets. First it was to get his fish tank. Once it landed, then it was for his next one. First it was demand for a dog. ( One of fondest memories of late childhood is my petdog, FUSSY)
I was familiar with dog, cat, fish, birds, etc as an pet-option. Was not familiar with a Hamster!! As a pair of hamsters become part of the extended family ( Vasudevakom kudumbakam!), I explore the world of hamsters...
  • Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. The subfamily contains about 18 species, classified in six or seven genera.

  • The name hamster is derived from the German word Hamster

  • They are used as lab animals, as 'easy to breed' !

  • They are most active around dusk and dawn, which has led many people to mistake them for being nocturnal. Their diet contains a variety of foods, including dried food, berries, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables. In the wild they will eat any wheat, nuts and small bits of

  • fruit and vegetables that they might find lying around on the ground, and will occasional eat small insects such as small crickets or mealworms. They have elongated fur-lined pouches on both sides of their heads which extend to their shoulders, which they stuff full of food to be brought back to the colony or to be eaten later.

These info are from internet... The couple have been named Akbar and Jodha ( this is better than Amir Khan's dog's name... what is there in a name?)

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