This is Part 8 of The Hamster Chronicles, part of Glenn's Hamster Page, by Glenn G. Chappell.

The Hamster Chronicles
Part 8

Thursday, May 29, 1997

This is another sad one I'm afraid: Percy died last night. I was up at about 2 a.m. and happened to glance into his cage. He was lying near his water bottle in a rather unnatural-looking pose, and when I picked him up it was easy to figure out what had happened.

This was all rather unexpected. Paul developed severe health problems a few weeks before he died at age two, but Percy had turned two a month and a half ago and seemed to be doing fine. We fully expected him to make it to the 1000 day mark that all the books say is the Syrian hamster's life expectancy. Certainly he had slowed down lately. In fact, I rearranged his cage just a few days ago to make it easier for him to get around. Still, just yesterday Joanne commented on how well he seemed to be doing.

So: we are now hamster-less for the first time in almost three-and- a- half years. I imagine we'll remedy this deficiency shortly, although we have no specific plans yet.

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