Mad hamster performs backflips


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#2

It’s rabid?


#3

#4

That’s me after one too many tipple.


#5

The Behavior Problem Behind Hamster Backflips When a hamster does repeated backflips, it’s a sign that something is wrong.


#6

“I trust you…I trust you…I trust you… I trust you…”


#7

At first I thought, “I’m going to have to watch this hilarious hamster for an hour every day!” Now I’m more depressed than before, just depressed in a whole new way.


#8

It’s weird, when you think about it: animals in distress are just as amusing to watch as animals that are simply enjoying themselves in an unusual way. when I visited the aquarium at Golden gate Park many years ago, a dolphin swam in a loop in its tank, hitting it’s head on glass every time it passed. While that wasn’t as amusing to watch as this little guy, neither was it taken as a sign that something should be done.

As far as the suffering that’s caused, neglect isn’t really much different from abuse.


#9

This type of abnormal behavior has often been observed in animals kept
in stressful situations, such as small enclosures or overcrowded
environments.

That’s what I was thinking. It may have adopted this behavior while standing up on the perspex walls trying to get out?


#10

Enough with the political commentary already.


#11

This is why cruelty to animals was considered good fun for the whole family until the late 19c. Then liberals had to ruin everything.


#12

In Peru they call this marbling the meat.


#13

You’re right. Politics doesn’t apply to the ones inside the cage.


#14

Perhaps it is just trying to fix a bad back?


#15

“The rites must be observed…the rites must be observed…the rites must be observed…the rites must be observed…”


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