Final Post About Hamster

  1. In the first week / post we had a hamster that was called Bolt and it died because it would not drink water out of the tube. Then our teacher bought us a second hamster and its name is Nibbles, this is the hamster that most of our posts are about. I talk about what are my goals for Nibbles, how long a hamster’s life span is on average depending on if they are in the wild or captivity. There is also a part where I tell you why I wanted a hamster and there are some picture to show what it looks like and how it is doing.
  2. This week we talked about are old hamster called bolt and how he passed away from dehydration and also how Bolt was a very friendly hamster that liked people. There are also parts about where we got the hamster, how long we let bolt get used to his cage before we put him in the hamster ball. Last but not least how long the teddy bear hamster lived for and how bolt passed away and how long we had him for.
  3. During this week and more we found out that our new hamster Nibbles doesn’t really like people like our last one. Also Nibbles, around this time liked to fill up her tube with bedding and traps herself in the top piece of the cage. Then we had to take it out so she could get to her food and water. Nibbles also stared to take her food in her mouth and take it to the top of the cage and bury it like it was going into hibernation.
  4. What happened! Our hamster got out of it cage? Yes, it was like a roller coaster this week because our hamster got out of its cage over the weekend and we didn’t know if we were going find it. Lucky after about two days we put the cage on the ground and it went back into its cage. After that incident was over we also wrote about where they lived and what kind of food a hamster would normally eat.
  5. This week our hamster still doesn’t like to be touched but, it would let some people. For most people it would bite and jump back whenever we tried. Most of this post is about the history of the teddy bear hamsters like other names they are called, where they are from, how they where transported to different place and how more people back then had hamsters as a pet then now.
  6. Most of this post is about how much it would cost to have a hamster such as cage, hamster wheel, dishes, the hamster and more. There is also a description on how the hamster was acceding like how it still doesn’t like people and how people don’t wont to pet it because they know that nibbles bites. There is also one picture of the hamster.
  7. A fact about our hamster is mostly additional information about the kind of hamster we have. There are things like how big they get, how much it should weigh, what the population is, what colours they come in, how the eyesight is terrible, they have good smell, how their teeth grow so, they have to eat hard foods and there is more about the hamster. There is also a part about how the to get your hamster to behave better and get used to you so, you can get to hold your hamster.
  8. Last but not least I talked about how water and air pollution affects hamsters living conditions and health. How much of it is the humans fault but some of the reasons are also natural / environmental things. There are mostly one picture from each week of the hamster to see how much our hamster grew and the signs of normal and abnormal growth for our hamster. There is also a picture of the schedule for the hamster’s maintenance that shows what day we cleaned the cage.

Chart Growth, Schedule, and Environmental

How does water pollution and air pollution affect a hamsters living condition?

First let’s start off with what is water pollution and air pollution. Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies (e.g. lakes, rivers, oceans, aquifers and groundwater). This form of environmental degradation occurs when pollutants are directly or indirectly discharged into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds. Air pollution is the presence in or introduction into the air of a substance which has harmful or has poisonous effects. Thing that could affect the hamster is if the water is clean or not, what kind of disease are in the water and how much human activity there is. For air pollution everyone is affected by it in one way or another because there is tons of carbon dioxide everywhere we go because of cars, plants and construction. Most of the water we drink today has to go through a filter for us to drink the water because of how much we have polluted our water with garbage, oil and other harmful bacteria.

It looks like throughout the weeks our hamster got chubbier. According to the research I did this is normal for a hamster. It could be just that our hamster looks fat because that is the case for most hamsters (Hamsters are usually perceived to look fatter then what they are). The other thing is that we have been feeding our hamster to much food or treats so it has been gaining weight. Our  hamster should be about 6-7 ounces. I think that our hamster’s growth rate is normal for an average tabby bear hamster.

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Third Article

Puppy Mills

    Puppy mills are when an establishment breeds puppies for sale, typically on an intensive basis and in conditions regarded as inhumane. When they do this they are put in small cages with about 50 puppies in an a area, they don’t get much food, and the adults are over breed which doesn’t give them the time they need to recover. Some breeders will sell up to 150 puppy’s a week, which is not good for any of the dogs health. Why would someone want to buy puppies from a breeder like this? In 2000, a particularly horrendous case uncovered in Quebec and infuriated the nation. The mill was littered with piles of dead, partially eaten dogs, in corners, behind the barn, and even hanging from rafters. Starving adult dogs were found eating their newborn puppies. Some places where puppy mills happen are Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma,South Dakota, Canada and in the US. If they find you are doing this, you can be fined with $60,000 and two years in prison. So in my opinion I would not want to do this even though you might get a lot of money by selling tons of dogs a day. Most of the puppy’s in these puppy mills need a lot of care and might cost a lot of money to get back to an healthy condition. Since  some breeders breed to much and don’t sell all of them always leads to the puppies not having homes and being in the wild or at a pound. In the United States it is  estimated that there are easily over 5,000 puppy mills in operation but, we can’t blame it all on the people that own puppy mills because we are the ones going into the pet store and buying puppies which, increases demand. There are many people protesting against puppy mills and trying to get them shut down because it is cruel to these animals.


Second Article


Banksy is one of the top street artist around today. If you don’t know what street art is, it is any art developed in public spaces. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, as well as stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheat pasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations. Banksy started doing street art in the early 1990’s and people believe that he was born in Bristol, England, around 1974. He started to become an international star in 2005. Banksy’s art work can be described as characterized striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Most of the subjects he uses are rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. Banksy has done his street art all around the world, some of the places he has been to are Israel, London, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans  and many more places. He did this thing in New York where he put up a new piece of artwork every day for a whole month in New York. People then go hunting for the piece of artwork he put up that day before anyone else discovered, you wanted to be the first person to find it. You also wanted to get there before someone covered it, tagged it or even took it for themselves to sell it for a high price. Some of his work is only represented by picture now because people covered it up because it was on their property.  

Some of the art pieces like “this is not a photo opportunity” was just him writing this saying across on a side of a cliff which is mostly hard rook. This sold for about $385,000. Another piece that he did was a British phone booth that was bent around a 90 degree angle where the pickaxe was placed and also was painted red. This sold for $605, 000. These are just two of his art works and they sold for high prices.

Still today many people don’t know his identity all we know is the little things that he lets us know about. We can all see that he is passionate about what he does and loves to do it still to this very day. This kind of art it interesting for me because you usually don’t know the person behind the artwork and all you see is an inspiring piece of work in front of you. Some pieces might have meaning and some do but you don’t real know so you have to put your own perception on it. Even this kind of artwork isn’t illegal I find that it adds color to the world and gives people a chance to express them self and say what they want to. There is also a documentary about Banksy and his month of street art in New York on Netflix. (It is not done by Banksy himself but, it is done by people that love his work.)

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Rage, Flower Thrower – Jerusalem, 2003


Rage, Flower Thrower – Jerusalem, 2003


Facts About Our Hamster

Additional Information About Our Hamster

The Teddy Bear Hamster is normally between 15 to 20 cm long and can weigh between 150 to 200 grams. It is also the most common in pet shops and comes in various colours, patterns and hair types. The population of this animal that remains in France’s wild is around 800 but going down. These hamsters come in many colours commonly available including golden, cream, white, black, cinnamon, yellow, silver-grey, dark grey, honey, sable etc. There are also other colours that might only be available from specialist breeders such as lilac, rust, smoke pearl, lilac pearl, silver black, yellow, dove etc.

Most hamsters have terrible eyesight but, their sense of smell is very strong so it helps them find food when they need to. Hamsters do also have good hearing and it’s surprising how quickly young hamsters learn to associate certain clinking sounds of dishes means being fed. Hamsters will learn the sound of voice when you talk to it. Whiskers play an important role while traveling to forage for food in the dark and hamsters dislike having their extremely sensitive whiskers touched so, be careful not to pull them or stroke them. Unlike humans whose permanent teeth do not continue to grow, hamster’s teeth grow throughout their lives, so they need to gnaw to keep the length of their teeth to an acceptable level and to keep them sharp. A basic diet of nuts, grains, and seed will do this. Too much ‘soft food’ will mean that the hamster’s teeth are not being worn down and so can become overgrown. If they are overgrown your vet will be able to trim them back.

How to hold your hamster and get it use to you. With the hamster in the bedding tray, gently cup your hands around the hamster but allow your hamster to run off your hands if it wants to. Wait a few seconds before trying again. Repeat this process until it feels secure sitting in your hand. At this stage don’t lift the hamster up. Do this a few times a day for the first few days and your hamster should be much quieter. Speak gently as you handle your hamster and stroke it gently but avoid touching its head. Once you are happy that you and your hamster have bonded, you can pick your hamster up. To do this place one hand firmly but gently around its body or cup both hands together and lift your hamster up.

History of Hamster

Teddy Bear Hamster

This week our hamster still doesn’t like to be petted or touched in any way by us. There are a few people that can touch her like Ms.Cooper, she said that she feed Nibbles by hand and he didn’t jump or try to bite. He has been eating and carrying some of it up to the top floor of her cage, like she is storing the food for the winter, also Nibbles is drinking water (not like our last hamster.)

Our hamster is a teddy bear hamster or it could be called an Syrian hamster, they are also known as golden hamsters. The Syrian or Golden Hamster was named by George Robert Waterhouse, who presented it as a new species in 1839.History and background of this type of hamsters is, there is about 26 species of wild hamster that run free in parts of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and many other places.Today we say, Syrian hamsters are said to have come from a group of wild hamsters captured in Aleppo, Syria. These hamsters were taken to a laboratory in Jerusalem to study their behaviour.When they did this it was probably the first time they were kept as pets,the year was 1946. Back then hamsters were a very popular pet that people would keep, and today most people have cats, dogs and fish for pets.

First Article


Pilates is a system of exercises using special apparatuses, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture. Pilates exercises develop a strong core, or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. It is mostly just using your own body as a weight or you could use weights to have a higher intensity workout. You could also go to a local location that does a Pilate classes with the machines. You can also do Pilates at home or outside on a mat. When you are doing Pilates there are no muscle groups that are over trained or under trained. By reading this article it helped me understand what Pilates is more about, and how much it helps your body with, strength, flexibility, and balance. It also helps loosen up your back, neck, leg and shoulders. By doing Pilates only few times a week, you are doing all the things I listed above as well as staying in shape and having fun with it.      

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Nibbles the Hamster

During this week our hamster got out of it cage during the weekend so when we got back to school we had to try and find him. We spent half of our class trying to look for it but could not find it. So we put the cage on the ground and hoped that Nibbles would eventually go back into it by itself, which Nibbles did.

In the wild hamsters live in deep underground homes which are called burrows. Hamsters hide in there burrows during the day to avoid being caught by predators. In the wild they primarily feed on seeds, fruits, vegetation and sometime they will eat burrowing insects. When they are in captivity most people will feed them vegetables, wind-blown seeds, grains, fresh fruits in addition to the food pellet or seed mixes. Some of the hamsters favorite foods include broccoli, celery, parsley, sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, banana, peas, blueberries, grapes, mango, peaches, carrots, cucumber, pears, turnips, and strawberries. However, these foods must be provided in a reasonable quantity since excessive food can cause diarrhea. 

Hamsters mostly live in the prairies but they originated from Syrian Desert in 1797,which were also the first hamsters to be documented, they were known as the golden hamsters.


The animal my group chose to do is a hamster and the scientific name for it is the Cricetinae.The name of this hamster is Nibbles. My goal for Nibbles is to live for normal life span for a hamster, stay healthy and will learn how to be a friendly and intelligent hamster. A hamster’s life span on average is 2-3 years this counts if it’s in the wild or in captivity. If it’s in captivity the hamster can live longer or shorter, it all depends on the specie, genetics, diet, exercise, living environment, illness and the quality of care you put into your hamster. I was interested in this hamster because I never had one before and I wondered what it’s like to take care of one,like how much maintenance they need to take care of one hamster. Here are some pictures of the hamster after the first week of having it.