By Anonymous - 03/08/2013 17:59 - United States - Santa Rosa Beach
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Though saying "do you know how to read" IS rude, doesn't mean that they're angry. And it is in a way true, they commented (maybe trying to be the first comment) without either reading the whole FML or not comprehending the FML and making a comment that is clearly already mentioned. They could've said it in a different way though.
Hamesters have been known to eat their babies, it's sad but normal.
If it's as common as people in this comment section claim, I wonder how the hamster species has survived natural selection. Human intervention? I mean, were hamsters at one point wild animals and later domesticated by humans? Did they eat their young as wild animals, or is it a trait that developed since domestication, like dogs with floppy ears. I'm not arguing, I'm just genuinely curious because while I Know that animals do sometimes eat their young, I've never heard of a species that would do it as commonly as people seem to be claiming here.
Hamsters only eat their young when they sense danger around them that might hurt their young, frail, defenseless babies. They decide that (for some reason) eating the babies will be better than having them potentially killed by an outside predator. It doesn't occur often enough that the hamster population would dwindle away in the wild. Also hamsters are not the only animal to do this.
I thought it was a hormone imbalance that made them eat their babies. I know that's how it is with dogs and cats at least. Mommy doesn't get enough estrogen (I might be wrong on that hormone, but I think that's what it is) and suddenly she goes cannibalistic on her babies!
Some fish do it as well. My black betas had 25-ish babies. Before we could get a separate tank, they had eaten about half of them. Cats too, though I'm not sure about their own. My friend's cat had babies, and the male in the house (not the father) tried eating the kittens every chance he got.
Hamsters and other types of animals, specifically rodents, eat their babies if they sense anything predatorial around or if they can't support the babies. For example, if the mother cannot produce enough milk. Then, they eat the babies TI take back the nutrients and energy instead of wasting it. Babies take a LOT, so it's stupid to waste. Trust me, my first "job" was being a volunteer at a veterinary clinic.
How did you not know that hamsters eat their young? If you have a pregnant pet, you should do the research.