TIL that all pet Syrian hamsters are descended from a single brother and sister captured in 1930.

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-untold-story-of-the-hamster-aka-mr-saddlebags-1223774/

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  1. I keep reading about them dying in ridiculous or unexpected ways, this is why some of those happen.

    They’re prone to cardiomyopathy from inbreeding, which makes them a good animal model for heart problem research, but has also produced cases of hamsters being scared and dying of heart attacks very easily.

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