How Sneezing Hamsters Sparked a COVID Outbreak in Hong Kong

Pet hamsters probably carried the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 into Hong Kong and sparked a human COVID-19 outbreak, according to a genomic analysis of viral samples from the rodents. The research confirms earlier fears that a pet shop was the source of the outbreak, which has so far infected about 50 people and led to … Read more

Not so lightweight: Hamsters handle their drink better than elephants

Feedback is our weekly column of bizarre stories, implausible advertising claims, confusing instructions and more Humans 12 January 2022 Josie Ford Boozing hamsters Feedback has a soft spot for hamsters, whose hoarding and nesting behaviours are similar to our own. Our feeling of oneness only increases with an article in The Atlantic forwarded to us … Read more