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Hamster hijinx beguile Britons

July 8, 2009
  Okay, I had a bit of fun with that title.  But reading the hamster news was a little bit silly today. 
 
   The first was a story about a lady who bought a new hamster and when she came home from work found the chubby little rodent had jammed itself into one of the tubes in the cage and was wedged in tight, unable to budge. 
 
  Here is the full story of how when the hamster owner Lois called her mom for help she suggested at first cutting it out, but then the decided to take porky little Munch to the firehall for help.  Firefighters come to hamster rescue.  It concluded with a happy ending. 
 
 Here’s a pic of Munch in a happier time.
 
 

“The guys there were lovely and really helpful. They chatted about using washing up liquid to help slide Munch out or using cutting equipment.

“In the end, one of the men managed eventually to manoeuvre him clear, although Munch wasn’t very happy about the rescue operation.”

Watch manager Tony Druce said Munch had been somewhat “feisty” while efforts were made to free him, but said he emerged none the worse for his ordeal.

 
  It is a good thing that Lois’s mom realized that the firemen wouldn’t appreciate responding to a hamster related call with their firetrucks, unlike this person who called the emergency line.  Emergency? My hamster escaped!  You can hear the audio of the call to 999.  (In England that’s the equivalant of 911 in North America).
 
 “It’s my hamster. It’s got out of its cage. It’s gone into the bathroom and it’s gone down into the floorboards.” The call handler says “your hamster?” and the woman carries on: “Is there any chance anyone could come and help me get it out?”
 
   I guess her mom was too far away to lend a helping hand.
 
 
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