I’ll take a moment to tell you what it was like getting Pip, my first hamster. It was a Sunday afternoon, the day before my birthday. I went to my local petshop, which is very good. I had done some research before deciding to get a hamster and I had come to the conclusion that a Roborovski hamster was the best for me. ( Go to my “hamster breeds” page for more info on them) The woman in the shop gave me the youngest robo they had and I held him in my hands for a while. I think he had gone into shock when he was put in my hand, because after a few minutes of staying still, he had recovered and tried to make several leaps to freedom! Luckily, every time he did so, he was caught by the shop assistant! I knew that he was healthy and lively, so I took him home.
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Although the Syrian hamster or () was first described scientifically by in 1839, researchers were not able to successfully breed and domesticate hamsters until 1939. The entire laboratory and pet populations of Syrian hamsters appear to be descendants of a single brother–sister pairing. These littermates were captured and imported in 1930 from Aleppo in Syria by , a zoologist of the . In Jerusalem, the hamsters bred very successfully. Years later, animals of this original breeding colony were exported to the USA, where Syrian hamsters became one of the most popular pets and laboratory animals. Comparative studies of domestic and wild Syrian hamsters have shown reduced genetic variability in the domestic strain. However, the differences in behavioral, chronobiological, morphometrical, hematological, and biochemical parameters are relatively small and fall into the expected range of interstrain variations in other laboratory animals.
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