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As the Hamster Wheel Turns, Part 4: The Giant Cardboard Tube
What a Glorious Day to Be a Hamster!
What could be a better gift for a hamster than a giant cardboard tube, right? At least that is what I thought.
At work the other day, a co-worker ordered a number of giant sized posters and charts for a conference. I was really excited to see they arrived in a huge cardboard container. Inside this giant container, was an enormous cardboard tube. The tube was about 5 feet in length.
Naturally, I thought, "This would be the best toy ever for my hamster, Bella!" Quite frankly, she is a big hamster and she outgrew the paper towel roll long ago. Now, of course, I am aware that a giant 5 foot long tube that is about 6 inches wide is way bigger than a paper towel roll. This just seemed so huge - like an amusement park ride for hamsters. Since it was being thrown out, I could not wait to grab it and take it home for Bella.
Bella's Big Opportunity
After lugging this super-sized tube home, I waited until I was cleaning Bella's cage to introduce her to it. I thought she would be pretty excited. I know I was really excited, so naturally, I anticipated her to feel the same way.
I put the tube down on the floor and wrapped the hamster playpen fence around the opening part of the tube. I wanted Bella to have the chance to climb on it and really decide if she liked it. I put Bella in the play area and watched.
At first, Bella seemed a little hesitant about the giant tube. Then she ran in, and ran up and down quite a bit. Finally, she opted to go to the end of the tube that was sealed, and attempt to chew it apart. I guess she did not love it the way I imagined she would.
Bigger is Not Always Better
I learned two things from this experience: A) bigger is not always better, and B) my hamster likes to play with flashlights.
Once Bella decided to destroy the tube, I decided it would be best to get her out. I beamed a flashlight in, but Bella totally ignored me. I finally had to gently lift the tube so that she slide out. Imagine a giant hamster slide and you can imagine Bella's ride.
She seemed perfectly content coming out the huge tube and really excited about the flashlight I left on the floor. Having never seen a flashlight before, Bella was more impressed with that. I was able to take the tube away and she never even noticed. She preferred playing with the flashlight instead.
I guess when it comes to pets, you never really know what they may enjoy. I do know my hamster is full of surprises. From now on, no more giant cardboard tubes for Bella. Now I can just lug this tube to the trash/recycling room. Maybe someone else will find a use for it.
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