Quiet hamsters can be 'noisy'

2013-04-19 12:06
Hamsters make fun pets for some. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Hamsters make fun pets for some. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Hamsters spinning

2013-04-19 10:47

This YouTube video shows hamsters running on their wheel.WATCH

Cape Town - Pets are good company for many people, but the benefits can also be offset by an annoyance over a period of time.

A News24 user reported that a pet hamster ran on its wheel nearly 12 hours per day, forcing the family to move the pet to a more isolated location in the house.

"Update on hamster power: sometime today both wheels hit 99 999! The counters only accommodate five digits - you go little guy," the pet owner posted on Facebook.

News24 visited a pet shop in Cape Town and found that hamsters make popular pets because of their relatively low cost of ownership.

The nocturnal rodents are generally quiet animals, but will hiss or squeak when agitated or frightened. They are also known to grind their teeth when irritated.

They do, however, like to exercise.

A hamster was able to run on its 14cm wheel at a rate of 60 rotations per minute. This translates roughly into speed of 21.6km/h, but the animal was able to do this for short periods.

On YouTube, several hamster owners have posted video of their pets running in excess of 6km/h over a more extended period of time.

Despite the wheels, being generally made out of plastic parts, they are quiet, registering an average of 45dB, which is softer than a whisper.

Read more on:    cape town  |  animals

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.