Some people may have nightmarish childhood memories of hamsters: hamsters not only often bite people, but also kill each other with their caged companions, and even hamster mothers will eat their babies. Some people who don’t understand think that hamsters are “cruel and evil” creatures, and even use this as a reason to abuse hamsters, which is very regrettable. But humans should actually reflect on it.
Perhaps this is because we have not given hamsters the care they deserve. This is not to accuse someone from the commanding heights of morality, but simply to point out a basic fact: any animal will respond to the environment in which it is located. Let us explain each phenomenon.
A hamster bites a person, probably because the hamster’s living conditions are poor. Imagine that if a hamster lives in a small space, it is already very nervous. At this time, the owner stretches his hand in, and the hamster will feel that someone has violated its narrow place, so it will make a fierce counterattack including bites. This is a kind of aggressive behavior inside the cage, and putting the hamster in the open space outside the cage will get better.
Killing companions in the cage: Syrian hamsters and Chinese hamsters are solitary animals and have a strong sense of territory. Putting solitary animals in a cage to share space violates their natural nature. It is a very cruel behavior in itself. Don’t blame them for fighting each other for being cruel. For example, we put the snake and the white mouse in a cage, and the snake ate the white mouse. Will we blame the snake for being “vicious”? Of course not, so what position do we have to condemn solitary hamsters? What about the first-line, third-line, and in-laws that are slightly more social?
There is a difference between being social and being able to co-cage. In nature, hamsters that live together must be of a uniform species and must be mutually selected. Hamsters with different personalities will be abandoned and re-entered into other groups.
But this is not the case under human breeding conditions. We have given “group members”, and once the integration fails, the hamster cannot leave the cage. Some owners are not experienced enough to separate the hamsters in time when fighting, and the living conditions are not right, and even the situation of heterogeneous cages occurs, so the fight between hamsters cannot be avoided.
For example, although we humans are social, we get together when we interact with others, and we disperse when we don’t. If we put two people we never knew in the same prison, can we ask them to get along?
Eat your own pups: A hamster mother will not eat her own pups for no reason. In nature, if hamsters feel uncomfortable, weak, or unable to raise their children, they may kill the children in time to stop the damage. This is a natural evolution of “culling” and may also occur in other species. Body. In the domestic environment, hamsters still retain this natural instinct. If the hamster’s mother is too young for pregnancy or does not receive enough care and nutrition, a similar situation may occur.
If humans themselves fail to take good care of hamsters and ignore the basic needs of hamsters, then we are not qualified to blame hamsters for their behavior. It is like saying that children do not study well. We must first look at the environment given by their parents and whether the school has sufficient resources. If the parents’ guidance is wrong, or the school teachers are not well educated, and the children are not given the care they deserve, how can we blame the children for poor reading?