Tenth Doctor David Tennant narrates the BBC One documentary Pets Wild At Heart, which means we get to listen to the man who once explained the timey-wimey nature of the universe explain the finer points of hamsters, dogs, and other pets. It's about as delightful as it sounds.
Most pet hamsters in the UK and North America come from a stock of Syrian hamsters bred by biologist Israel Aharoni for scientific research. It turns out, though, that Aharoni's hamster supply was saved by hamster siblings mating with one another.
If you've ever thought hamsters live the good life — bottled water at the ready, a steady diet of food pellets, exercise wheel in the bedroom — then La Villa Hamster is for you. This quirky hotel outfits each room with beds of organic hay and giant hamster wheels.
New research shows that constant exposure to low light levels compromises the immune system of the nocturnal Siberian hamster. Scientists say this shows the unexpected impact human expansion and light pollution have on nocturnal animals. Translation: All those city lights are killing your tiny, cuddly friends.