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Racing Russian hamsters vs. a hamster wheel

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When in nature, Russian hamsters can cover ten kilometers (6.2 miles) a night. As pets, they’re quite drawn to a hamster wheel. In this giggle-worthy clip from the BBC’s Pets: Wild At Heart, not one but two Russian hamsters run a mini-marathon on their hamster wheel. They are fastβ€”600 strides per minuteβ€”and they seem to be pretty competitive.

Come for the speedy spinning and stay for the airborne rodents!

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They’re also pretty adorable. The video above wins gold. Bonus points for the moving x-ray and slow-motion running footage.

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Watch this next: X-ray video of how hamsters fit food in their cheek pouches. Also: Kangaroo Rats Are Furry, Spring-Loaded Ninjas.

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