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X-ray video of how hamsters fit food in their cheek pouches

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Golden hamsters, also known as Syrian hamsters, are flexible little creatures that can crawl through plastic and underground tunnel systems alike. In this delightful video from Nature on PBS, a hamster navigates sharp turns and u-turns within their hamster tubes. X-ray video of their movements illuminates how hamster bodies manage these tight spaces.

hamster x-ray animation
Then see how the little guy stores food in his gloriously stretchy cheek pouches… a lot of food… like, really, a lot.

He seems to be storing food as if he won’t find more for a long time, a trait that would serve him well in the wild. According to this Smithsonian Magazine article, their Arabic name translates roughly into quite an endearing one: Mister Saddlebags.

hamster stuffing its cheeks
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