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December 26, 2011

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Molly, the Pet of the Day
Name: Molly
Age: One and a half years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Syrian hamster
Home: London, UK
   This is my hamster, Molly. He's rather gender-confused because he was sold to us as a female, but his name has stuck anyway. He lives at home while I'm away at uni and is probably the thing I miss most during term-time - sorry mum! He is wonderfully soft and fluffy, and his coat gets so long that I have to trim it with scissors (I've often been tempted to shampoo it but luckily have restrained myself).

    Molly's favorite outfit is his personalized cape, made for him by a friend of mine. I think he looks pretty fierce in it. I love photographing him but he's so inquisitive that it's hard to get the perfect shot - he's always moving! His sleeping pattern is pretty erratic because hamsters are naturally nocturnal but Molly hates being left out, so tries to stay awake when everyone in the house is too. Favorite foods include cheese and monkey nuts, and he is such a hoarder; his cage has a long tunnel attached which he ends up having to squeeze through as he stores all his nosh up there.

    I'm not ashamed to still have a hamster at eighteen, because I love Molly to bits, as do my mum and my friends. He's always there for a cuddle when I've had a bad day and although he's my fifth hamster to date, I think he's my favorite.

Molly, the Pet of the Day

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