my little (very cute) Krümel is special because normally you have
to leave hamsters alone when you buy them for at least a week (sometimes even
longer) so that they have time to calm down and get used to their new home.
Normally it takes up to three weeks (or even longer) if you want the hamster
to sit on your hand.
But Krümel is different. I bought him and set him into the cage. He
didn't run to his shelter. He just sat there and looked up to me. He looked
so calm, so I decided to lay my hand at the bottom of his cage (quite far
away, so he wouldn't become nervous) but he just came and sat on my hand,
sniffing around. When I come to his cage (or even my father with his big
hands) he never gets scared, even if you come fast from above (just like a
bird) he just watches your hand and lets you pet him.
In addition to that he is a very good climber. His cage is on a high bureau,
and one day he broke out (I have no idea how he managed this) and walked
over to my bookshelf (it stood right next to it) and climbed down four
shelves. I can tell because he nibbled all my books! When I noticed he wasn't
in his cage anymore I searched for him. I found him sitting in front of the
bathroom door. When he saw me, he walked over and waited for me to pick him
up. He seemed quite happy to be back in his cage!
Well, so I really do think he is special. We had guinea pigs some years ago,
and none of them got to be as trusting as he is.