||Ten months old|
||Russian Dwarf Hamster|
||Tucker, Georgia, USA|
is an outstanding Russian Dwarf Hamster. Her particular color
variation is "Dove" (there are quite a few such variations) She is ten
months old and lives in Tucker, Georgia where she is the center of
attention morning,noon and night. Yes, that's the color her eyes really
are, not a camera mistake. Her eyes are actually described, in strict
hamster breeder terms, as "claret". But, yes, that's fire engine red to
you and me.
Triumph has many adventures as she is an escape artist and keeps us
scrambling during her occasional jaunts to freedom. Furniture is moved,
elaborate hamster traps are set, and the vigil is kept. She inevitably
emerges, usually from somewhere within the sofa where she likes to hide
and eat lint. Triumph enjoys grapes, cheese, and every variety of nut
along with her special Dwarf Hamster nutritious seed and pellet blend.
She will bite gently on your fingers if she likes you (or if your
fingers smell like peanut butter). If you hold her in your closed hand,
sort of like you might hold a banana, with her little head sticking up
like a small furry tank commander in the turret, she will hold a nut or
a chunk of cheese like a harmonica and chomp away until it's gone. This
is a lot of fun to watch. Of course, whole peanuts and bits of popcorn
get scarfed up and stuffed into the cheek pouches for eating later.
Especially entertaining is to give her a big kernel of popcorn, which is
almost as big as her head, and watch her scrambling around frantically
to drag it into her house for safekeeping. Hiding food everywhere is
important to Triumph, as it is to all hamsters. We wish everyone could
enjoy a critter as much as we enjoy our small pal Triumph.