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The European hamster is a solitary animal, much larger than the Syrian/golden hamster commonly kept as a pet. It prefers to inhabit farmlands and is widely considered an agricultural pest. Like all hamsters, it has poor eyesight and relies mostly on its hearing and sense of smell. Individuals communicate in the ultrasonic range.

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Meet the Great Hamster of Alsace, it’s the only wild European hamster and there are only a few hundred left. The QI Elves.

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hamster jump onto the berries tasty snackThese hilarious snapshots show an adorable but greedy little wild hamster furiously stuffing his chubby cheeks with all the blackberries he can fit in. The hungry hamster was so eager to make sure he got every last berry that he resorted to hamster acrobatics, hilariously swinging from the branch as he picked off the juicy berries one by one. The adorable photos of the rare wild

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In late summer the Euopean Hamster gets ready for hibernation, and needs to fatten up. Julian Rad photographs wild hamsters.

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The fearsome European hamster is described by BBC Wildlife as "somewhat laddish" and "bolshy in temperament" (i.e., macho and aggressive). It's also too tasty for it's own good.

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