When a British couple discovered their hamster Tink “cold and lifeless” in her cage, they buried her in their back garden. The next day, Good Friday, 2-year-old Tink was found alive and well, having dug her way out of the grave.
Lisa Kilbourne-Smith, 23, and her boyfriend James Davis of Painswick, England, were looking after the hamster for some friends. When they found the pet lifeless in her cage, they called the owners to give them the news.
A veterinarian James Auld told UPI that Tink was only hibernating, "which is often mistaken for death among hamster owners."
Lisa’s father Les helped the couple wrap Tink in paper towels and bury her in a foot-deep grave, a precaution taken to keep the family cat from disturbing the corpse.
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When Les went to the recycling bin the following day, he was shocked to find Tink alive among a pile of old boxes.
"The energy she had to dig herself out of that hole was remarkable," Les said.
“I'm amazed by this hamster,” Auld said. “The animal's body temperature would have had to have risen to rouse it from hibernation. With the temperatures we experienced over Easter, one would think that the ground would have been far too cold for it to come out of its dormant state."
“It’s amazing that she survived, really,” Les said. “She had been out in that freezing cold all night – it was a good 24 hours.”
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