Syrian hamster invasion leaves RSPCA struggling

PUBLISHED: 15:40 06 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:25 06 August 2013

A hamster, not one that has been abandoned and is now in Potters Bar.

A hamster, not one that has been abandoned and is now in Potters Bar.


AN invasion of Syrian hamsters has left a Potters Bar animal sanctuary struggling.

The RSPCA’s Southridge Animal Centre has been forced to care for 17 of the critters after they were handed in two weeks ago.

A man from Wheathampstead turned up with a couple of cages that he said had been dumped outside his garage.

The cages, one a proper hamster cage, the other a general pet carrier, were full of excrement and urine and were very mouldy.

Inside there was a female with 12 babies, and four other adult females.

The hamsters need to be kept on their own, so the centre has had to find five different cages, which also have to be placed apart from each other so they cannot smell another hamster.

RSPCA centre manager Anna White said: “Hamsters are small, charming animals with a great deal of character but their needs are very complex and they can be injured easily if you are not careful when handling them.

“If you can offer a home to any of these hamsters in a warm, safe, indoor environment please get in contact.”

If you can help, ring 0300 123 0704.

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