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July 17, 2001

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Pearl, the Pet of the Day
Name: Pearl
Age: Two months old
Gender: Female
Kind: Campbells Russian Dwarf
Home: Los Angeles, California, USA
   Pearl is a two-month-old opal platinum Campbells Russian dwarf hamster. We almost didn't see Pearl. Looking in the pet shop tank, we saw an adult dwarf standing on something, trying to get our attention. That "something" was a tiny, terrified, baby hamster. She was rolled on her back, playing dead. I shooed the big guy away and picked her up, still lifeless looking. I held her to my chest, where she sprang to life, climbed up to my shoulder, and chirped in my ear. She was a brave little girl as I tended to her bite wounds over the next few days, and soon she was fully recovered. Pearl "talks" in squeaks and still climbs my shoulder to chirp in my ear. She's one of my happiest, busiest (and noisiest!) hammies, and we were most blessed to find her.

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