Dora the Explorer!

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A family in the north-east had a big surprise recently when they woke to find a tiny guest in their kitchen.

They were coming down to have their breakfast, when they spotted a hamster running across the kitchen floor with a piece of pasta in her mouth! It seems the little furry intruder had found it under the cooker.

The children named her Dora the Explorer after their favourite cartoon TV programme!

RSPCA Inspector Kristina Raine went to collect the adventurous little hamster. She says: “When the children told me they had called her Dora, I just thought that was perfect! She has certainly been on an adventure. We asked the neighbours if she belonged to them but haven’t been able to find an owner, so it seems like this friendly explorer may have come quite a long way.”


Dora is now being cared for at RSPCA Great Ayton Animal Centre, where she will wait for an owner to come forward. If an owner can’t be found then she will hopefully find a new home.

Hamsters are amazing! Did you know:

  • They enjoy exploring and can run up to five miles a day.
  • They use their whiskers to help them detect objects and explore their environment.The whiskers vibrate backwards and forwards at rates of up to 30 whisks per second during many different behaviours. These movements are known as “whisking” and help the hamster to find things – such as bits of pasta that have fallen under the cooker!

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