Anyone who has ever owned a hamster can relate to the unique panic which ensues when you turn around to see it has busted free from its ball.
‘Hammy!’ you will scream, before proceeding to tread carefully around the house peeking in every nook and cranny the palm-sized pet could conceivably wriggle its butt into.
Eventually you will hear a scrabble under the sofa or bed and spend the next half an hour trying to tempt the skittish little runaway out with pieces of carrot.
Although they can monkey-bar like it’s arm day every day, hamsters are delicate little things with precious paws the size of a baby’s fingertip. It is our solemn duty to protect these chubby cheeked critters from devious cats and vacuum cleaners alike.
A group of mechanics in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear were in for the fright of their lives when they came across a cheeky stowaway hamster nestled inside the car frame.
On September 6, a woman had brought her car in after she became concerned about an animalistic scraping noise inside.
Guessing it had to be a trapped rat or a bird, they filmed themselves removing the rusted screws from the wheel arch. They could not have guessed a cute-as-a-button hamster would be there waiting to be rescued.
The footage captures their bewilderment as the little ginger and white creature peeked out at them. Showing no fear, the curious little guy even had a nibble on their screwdriver.
In the background a woman’s voice can be heard confirming this is her hamster, Mila. As the mechanics struggle to coax Mila out of the vehicle, the woman steps in with a no-nonsense, ‘Get out, you little b*gger!’
Mila’s owner hadn’t even realised her pet had escaped, explaining,’He’s supposed to be in the house! I’ve cleaned him out today!’
Apparently Mila had been in the ball in the house while his human mummy cleaned out his cage. With Mission Impossible level skills, he had somehow managed to escape both the ball and the house before hopping aboard the car.
One of the mechanics said:
A customer came to the garage worried about a scraping noise inside of her car. The customer presumed an animal had become trapped somewhere within the car.
My colleague and I checked underneath the car and could see nothing, so we assumed the animal had fallen out or ran away. We then heard the same noise she had described from within the wheel arch. We attempted to remove the screws, but as they were rusted in place, they would not come undone.
The customer asked to remove whatever it was in any way we could. I decided to film it as we thought it would have been a rat or a small bird. Previous to the video being taken we had tried to remove the wheel arch.
Those who have seen the footage have been impressed by Mila’s cunning escapades, and by the mechanics’ pet-rescuing skills.
One person boldly ventured:
I would give my life for this hamster.
Hopefully Mila is now safely napping back in his fluffy little bed after this risky adventure, preferably with a padlock put on that ball.
Well done to these mechanics for taking good care of this whiskery angel.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.