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Golden Hamsters (94) More files... by Heidi and Hans-Jurgen Koch
When you talk about the Golden Hamster, you mean Mesocricetus auratus, the Syrian hamster. In 1930 the zoologist Israel Aharoni from the University of Jerusalem collected the first ever live hamster - a female with young from the Syrian Desert near Aleppo. Three of these young hamsters survived and this was enough to populate the whole world with the appealing critters. All hamsters in captivity come from these few brothers and sisters. Heidi and Hans-Jurgen take us underground to observe the lifecycle and behaviors of these favorite pets.

Text by Heidi and Hans-Jurgen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) biting bars of its cage  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240001 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) biting bars of its cage© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) looking through the bars of its cage  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240002 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) looking through the bars of its cage© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) peering out from its subterranean burrow  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240003 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) peering out from its subterranean burrow© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) squeezing through a hole in its subterranean burrow  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240004 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) squeezing through a hole in its subterranean burrow© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) male, sitting in its subterranean food store filled with corn and wheat  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240005 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) male, sitting in its subterranean food store filled with corn and wheat© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) feeding on wheat  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240686 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) feeding on wheat© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) feeding on wheat  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240676 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) feeding on wheat© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) young male on the left discouraging older male  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240006 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) young male on the left discouraging older male© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) male, yawning in its subterranean sleeping nest made out of hay  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240007 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) male, yawning in its subterranean sleeping nest made out of hay© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) yawning in its subterranean sleeping nest showing sharp teeth  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240674 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) yawning in its subterranean sleeping nest showing sharp teeth© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) female, yawning in its subterranean sleeping nest made out of hay  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240012 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) female, yawning in its subterranean sleeping nest made out of hay© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) portrait  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240969 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) portrait© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) portrait of a male sitting  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240699 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) portrait of a male sitting© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) curious looking around the corner in its subterranean burrow  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240008 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) curious looking around the corner in its subterranean burrow© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in the course of its subterranean burrow  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240685 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in the course of its subterranean burrow© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) looking around the corner in its subterranean course  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240670 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) looking around the corner in its subterranean course© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in the subterranean course of its burrow  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240697 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in the subterranean course of its burrow© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in its subterranean burrow  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240011 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in its subterranean burrow© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in its subterranean burrow with roots in its way  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240010 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in its subterranean burrow with roots in its way© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) male, sleeping in its subterranean nest made out of hay  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240013 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) male, sleeping in its subterranean nest made out of hay© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) waking up in its subterranean sleeping nest made out of hay  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240009 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) waking up in its subterranean sleeping nest made out of hay© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) first encounter of a male and a female, standing upright nose to nose, sniffing each other  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240693 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) first encounter of a male and a female, standing upright nose to nose, sniffing each other© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) first encounter of two individuals, sniffing at each other nose to nose  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240015 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) first encounter of two individuals, sniffing at each other nose to nose© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) female on the left discouraging male  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240016 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) female on the left discouraging male© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) stuffed specimen held by Dr Rolf Gattermann at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240017 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) stuffed specimen held by Dr Rolf Gattermann at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) three day old young in the nest laying side by side for warmth  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240694 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) three day old young in the nest laying side by side for warmth© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) held by Dr Rolf Gattermann, surrounded by other hamsters in cages at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240018 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) held by Dr Rolf Gattermann, surrounded by other hamsters in cages at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) group put into the in refrigerator by Dr Rolf Gattermann to stimulate hibernation, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240019 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) group put into the in refrigerator by Dr Rolf Gattermann to stimulate hibernation, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in a special wheel developed by professor Dr Rolf Gattermann to gather data, at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240020 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in a special wheel developed by professor Dr Rolf Gattermann to gather data, at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in the Hampton-court-labyrinth, within a week golden hamsters can learn to find their way through the labyrinth, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Ger...  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240021 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in the Hampton-court-labyrinth, within a week golden hamsters can learn to find their way through the labyrinth, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Ger...© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in Hampton-Court-labyrinth at Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240668 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in Hampton-Court-labyrinth at Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) taking a smear test of a female for a fertility check in a laboratory at the Martin Luther University of Halle, Wittenberg, Germany  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240022 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) taking a smear test of a female for a fertility check in a laboratory at the Martin Luther University of Halle, Wittenberg, Germany© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) fight between two males at night, golden hamsters are solitary, nocturnal and territorial animals, if the weaker animal can't flee the fight can be deadly  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240024 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) fight between two males at night, golden hamsters are solitary, nocturnal and territorial animals, if the weaker animal can't flee the fight can be deadly© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in a field at night feeding on seeds, golden hamsters are nocturnal  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240023 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in a field at night feeding on seeds, golden hamsters are nocturnal© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in a field at night, searching for food, golden hamsters are nocturnal animals  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240025 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in a field at night, searching for food, golden hamsters are nocturnal animals© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) encounter between male and female at night in a field, both were searching for food, sniffing at each other, golden hamsters are nocturnal animals  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240026 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) encounter between male and female at night in a field, both were searching for food, sniffing at each other, golden hamsters are nocturnal animals© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) mating at night in a field, golden hamsters are nocturnal animals  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240027 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) mating at night in a field, golden hamsters are nocturnal animals© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) male at night in its territory, golden hamsters are nocturnal animals  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240028 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) male at night in its territory, golden hamsters are nocturnal animals© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) big cheeks filled with corn  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240029 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) big cheeks filled with corn© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) running in a training ball  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240030 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) running in a training ball© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in the gym disc of the habitrail system  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240039 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in the gym disc of the habitrail system© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in its plastic house, overlooking hamster-city habitrail  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240688 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in its plastic house, overlooking hamster-city habitrail© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) climbing on the hide-away-cube of the habitrail -system  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240034 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) climbing on the hide-away-cube of the habitrail -system© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in its plastic house overlooking hamster city, another golden hamster in the back in its overlook  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240031 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in its plastic house overlooking hamster city, another golden hamster in the back in its overlook© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) using the gym disc  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240033 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) using the gym disc© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in its plastic house overlooking hamster city  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240032 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) sitting in its plastic house overlooking hamster city© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in a plastic tube of the habitrail -system  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240035 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) in a plastic tube of the habitrail -system© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) feeding on an herb nugget, sitting in a plastic tube of the habitrail system  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240036 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) feeding on an herb nugget, sitting in a plastic tube of the habitrail system© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) looking into its food store with strawberry nuggets, herb waffles etc in its artificial plastic world of habitrail system  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240687 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) looking into its food store with strawberry nuggets, herb waffles etc in its artificial plastic world of habitrail system© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) coming into its junk food store with an herb nugget in its mouth  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240037 Golden Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) coming into its junk food store with an herb nugget in its mouth© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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