- The word 'hamster' is derived from the German word 'hamstern', meaning "to hoard", because it carries food in its expandable cheeks.
- There are usually about eight hamsters in a litter, but 18 have even been reported in a single litter!
- Hamsters are supposed to be able to remember their relatives. "It's been so long, aunt Hattie".
- There are 24 different species of hamster.
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