We have all seen hamsters filling up their cheeks with treats for later, but BBC Earth gives us another view of this hoarding instinct. The hamster in this clip can fit all sorts of treats in his cheeks, up to 20% of his own body mass, in fact. Watch and see how he can not only do this but still manage to squeeze his way through his tunnel to drop off the stash.
From the BBC Earth series, Pets: Wild at Heart, we meet an adorable Syrian hamster. We see this cute little guy zooming around through his tunnel and learn about how flexible their spines are (very flexible, it turns out). Now, in nature, the Syrian hamster is, of course, a desert animal and so it has an instinctive hoarding nature, as in the wild, they never know where the next meal will come from. To get from A to B with a good stash of tasty treats, though, may take some time. Ah, but nature has that sorted too – wait until you see those cheek pouches.