Photographer captures photos of ‘Wild Hamster’ in adorable viral video

An adorable video showing a photographer taking pictures of a wild hamster has gone viral.

The now-viral clip was posted on Reddit’s ‘Aww’ forum on Monday by u/kimboe313, who wrote, “Have you ever seen a wild hamster?” The post has since garnered over 62,000 upvotes and over 800 comments from charmed Redditors, some of whom were unaware that hamsters actually exist in the wild.

At the start of the 21-second clip, the photographer – believed to be wildlife photographer Julian Rad – hands a small flower to the wild hamster that has just poked its head out of the basement. After a moment of hesitation, the hamster leaves its burrow and grabs the flower.

As the hamster nibbles on the flower, Rad snaps photos of the tiny creature, some of which are shown at the end of the video. A head-on photo showed the hamster staring at the camera with the flower in his hands. Another image taken from the side showed the hamster holding the flower above its head.

An adorable video that shows a photographer taking pictures of a wild hamster has gone viral. Many reviewers were shocked to learn that hamsters can be found in the wild.
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“Incredible photography skills (and a cute hamster),” u/Glammies commented.

“What! It’s so pretty!” exclaimed u/Miserable_Fennel_492.

Redditor u/wakkykat added, “Stop it’s so adorable!”

Some reviewers were shocked to learn that hamsters exist outside of pet stores.

“Wild hamster? Wait, these animals didn’t just lay eggs in pet stores? asked u/usernot_found.

“There are wild hamsters? Somehow it never occurred to me [to be honest]“, wrote u/Pure_Performance7673.

One of the main commenters, u/Telephalsion, said: “Until this moment I had not considered that hamsters could exist as wild animals. I knew of gerbils and guinea pigs. But hamsters previously only saw them as pets.”

According to National Geographic Kids, wild hamsters are found throughout Europe and Asia. Although there are more than 20 different species of hamsters – “which are related to voles, lemmings and mice” – only five species are “common as pets”. These species are the Roborovski dwarf hamster, Campbell’s dwarf Russian hamster, Syrian hamster, Russian winter white dwarf and Chinese hamster, The Spruce Pets said.

Sadly, the world’s “rarest” hamster breed, the European hamster, was officially listed as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2020, said National geographic.

“Without action, the hamster will be extinct within three decades,” the magazine said.

Newsweek contacted u/kimboe313 for comment.

Of course, the adorable video shared by u/kimboe313 isn’t the first “Aww” to make headlines. Other “Aww” viral videos include one that showed a day-old otter sleeping on its mother’s stomach, a video that showed a cat and a dachshund playing together at the vet, and one of a “self-contained” dog. “booping” his own nose.

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