Bean wanted a pet. She is allergic to dogs and cats. So, about a year and a half ago she got a hamster named Sprinkles. Sprinkles is a winter white dwarf hamster and is very small. Sprinkles adapted well and is quite happy in her home.
Fast forward about six months and Bean thought she could handle a second hamster. Enter Snowball -- another of the same variety but really rather huge and quite the acrobatic comedian. She has been quite entertaining and a joy to have.
Moving on to yesterday -- they all returned home to find Snowball asleep on top of her bedding, breathing very shallow and unresponsive. Crisis ensused. Daddy was summoned from the grocery store to deal with the unthinkable.
After much research, Daddy decided that Snowball might be hibernating, something that even hamster house pets can do even though I had never heard of it.
So, Snowball was covered with a little fleece blanket and watched to see if warming her up would produce a miracle.
Apparently she moved out from under the blanket during the night but when they looked at her this morning she was no longer breathing and her ears were flat.
Daddy still thought she might be hibernating so he covered her up again and put a warm water bottle in the cage with her to see if he could warm her up.
That was the last I heard.
My daughter doesn't think she is hibernating, she believes she has gone to hammy heaven. I have no clue because I have never heard of hamsters hibernating even though I have had many hamsters in my children's lives.
The funeral is planned for this evening in my back yard.
Unless there is a miracle resurrection.
I will let you know.