Sunday, 6 February 2011

The New Hamster's Tail.... (Or should that be tale?*)

*Hamsters aren't renowned for their spelling ability, you see....

Once upon a time there was a little hamster called The New Hamster. (This was to distinguish him from The Hamster, his predecessor.) The New Hamster lived in a fine cage with a large exercise area, a cunning system of twisty winding tunnels, a comfortable bed and a conservatory (well, that's what it said on the box!)


The New Hamster's people had belonged to several hamsters before him, in fact. They had noticed that each hamster had his own, distinct personality. One had been cheeky; one had been an escapologist; one had been very friendly and tame; one had been greedy and indolent; one had, sadly, been vicious.

The New Hamster's people tried to categorise The New Hamster. They came to the unflattering conclusion that The New Hamster was lazy, and greedy, and a wimp. The New Hamster was not interested in special training to choose winners of giveaways. The New Hamster would run for cover when he heard someone enter the room - but would reappear if he smelt food. The New Hamster's people were starting to think that possibly, unfortunately, The New Hamster was a bit of a duff hamster.

The New Hamster didn't particularly care about that. The food kept coming regularly and he had a comfortable bed, that suited him fine.

One day, The New Hamster escaped. He'd discovered that by draining his water bottle he could make it light enough to push up and out of the cage, creating a hole that he could squeeze through. His people quickly discovered his absence and managed to capture him by a combination of bribing him with food and scaring him out of his bolt-hole behind the bookcase. They felt that this was all quite in character.

Another day, just before Christmas, The New Hamster's people found that the water bottle had once more been pushed up and out of the cage. They naturally assumed that he'd escaped again, but then found that he was in fact snuggled into his cosy bed. 'Too lazy - or too stupid - to take advantage of the escape route!' they thought, somewhat scornfully. (They are not proud of this. They are, in fact, ashamed to confess it. This is a true story though, so the facts must be recorded.)

And then, the following day, The Mum had a rare attack of housework. She decided to tidy and vacuum the dining room, in which The New Hamster lived, and in which the Christmas tree stood.

When she started to vacuum beneath the Christmas tree, she found some little scraps of foil.


She was a bit confused by this. Where had they come from? And why were there tiny crumbs of chocolate on the carpet next to the foil? Could they have fallen from one of the Christmas tree chocolates? But how could that have happened?

She lifted her gaze slightly to the nearest Christmas tree chocolate. Along the bottom and side edges of the foil wrapper, tiny nibble marks were visible. The chocolate that had once been inside had vanished, but it had been taken so neatly that the wrapper still held its shape.


She rose to her feet, not quite believing what she was seeing. Clearly some small creature had been at work here. Surely The New Hamster couldn't have done this? He was too lazy and too stupid, wasn't he? And he was safely in his cage! Even if he had got out and taken the chocolate, how could he possibly have got back in? It was a sheer climb to the shelf on which the cage lived! And yet, the chocolate was definitely missing, and the tiny toothmarks were suggestive.


The Mum quietly went over to the cage. She looked closely at all the corners and nooks and possible hidey holes.

And she found a piece of chocolate.

The New Hamster's family still don't know how he managed to get back into his cage, but clearly he did. Indeed, he's done it again since, this time raiding The Boy's net bag of chocolate coins - chewing through the net bag AND the foil casing, and nabbing two of the chocolates, before heading back to his comfy bed.

The New Hamster's family's opinion of The New Hamster has gone up now. They regret their former thoughts of 'lazy', 'stupid', and 'duff'. The New Hamster's family rather admire The New Hamster's ingenuity.

The New Hamster doesn't particularly care about that. He snuggles down into his cosy bedding and dreams of his next escape and the chocolate he might find. And he smiles happily in his sleep.

** This post was brought to you by Sian's storytelling Sundays **

31 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

You may need to be careful, Mel....this New Hamster is obviously very intelligent....if he overcomes his laziness.....he may move on from chocolate...he may be able to take over the world!!
Just love your story.

Cheri said...

The New Hamster is clearly quite a crafty little devil. And smart enough to know a good thing. But obviously craving chocolate... is The New Hamster female?

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

A very clever story, Mel, and an impressive hamster tale. :o)

alexa said...

Brilliant! Him and you for telling it so memorably ...

Ruth said...

Brilliant! I think you might need to name him "The Clever Hamster" from now on, don't you?

Kirsty.a said...

You have to admire him. Get up, eat chocolate and go back to bed. I wish...!

Gail T said...

Love it!! I agree with Kirsty - what a life!

JO SOWERBY said...

i still sound like the new hamster..............squeeky......so i am laughing high pitched to this fabulous story, never underestimate a pet is all i can say,
Jo xxxx

Lizzie said...

I don't think you should call him "The New Hamster" any more. He needs a more fitting title... "The Chocolate-loving Hamster" is a bit long though, so I think you should ask The Girl and The Boy to think of something suitable!
He's certainly clever.
On the subject of Hamster Spelling, I would refer you to "The World According to Humphrey" and the rest of the series, which were in fact written by a hamster and are all very well spelled! (I recommend this series for The Boy and The Girl. They are great stories and my The Boy loves them all and has read the whole set several times. Especially useful books for a Girl or Boy who generally dislikes reading!)

Jimjams said...

Do you believe in reincarnation? I suspect that The New Hamster is in fact the reincarnation of Harry Houdini who was also rather partial to chocolate!

furrypig said...

fab story telling! Loved reading about Hammy's adventures xxx

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debs14 said...

It is only the fact that our last hamster trotted off to the big hamster cage in the sky more than 10 years ago, that stops me from taking tiny pieces out of every chocolate bar in the house and blaming it on a small rodent ;-)

Great story and a big high five to the crafty hamster!

Heather said...

Great little story Mel & you had me gripped waiting to see who the culprit was! Choc Hamster rules!!

alison290 said...

Love your story..and very impressed by your hamster's ingenuity!

Mary B said...

Wonderful, Love the way you've told this it kept me reading the the very end. A Very Crafty Hamster should be his name.

hamster cages said...

I would advise you to get a female hamster and not a male one. They just make much better pets.

Anesha said...

Great post Mel, so funny!!!

Sian said...

Brilliant! A very entertaining hamster tail, I mean tale, and a superb addition to the Storytelling Sunday canon. Thank you :)

Melissa said...

Oh my, what a great and funny story! Such clever writing - enjoyed it!

The Clip Cafe said...

Oh ahahahaahaha crafty little creature! Intelligently sneaky....

Kristin said...

Lovely story and smart hamster or so it would seem ?! Any other creatures that may be lurking, is he possibly an innocent bystander :)

Scrappi Sandi said...

Love it Love it Love it!! You know you have a stealth hamster on your hands don't you...a Ninja maybe?!!

Cheryl said...

Love it Mel what a clever hamster you better watch him x

Maria Ontiveros said...

Fun story and fabulously told!
Rinda

Ginger said...

ahh, I LOVE. your hamster story!

Linda said...

What a great way to end my day. :-) I agree with Lizzie the New Hamster needs a new name. xx

Tracey said...

Wow - that's an incredible story!
What a clever little 'new hamster' he is! (though I can't blame him for having a sweet tooth ... I can't resist chocolate either).

;)

Karen said...

Clever little fella!

Beverly said...

love it, not such a lazy one after all! Very much enjoyed the story :)

Sandra said...

such a great post :)