Hamsters love to run, especially at night. Let's find out just how far our furry friends will travel...
According to most experts, including Wikipedia, hamsters can run up to 9km per night. That's about 5½ miles! We're not sure it's always as high as that but it's certainly what a super-fit and motivated hamster is sure to achieve.
Hamsters need to be active. In the wild they will run many miles to explore and find food to stuff into their clever cheeks. It's their instinct. That's why providing your furry friend with a wheel is the perfect way to keep them happy and active.
5½ miles is quite a long distance to run for a human, nevermind such a small creature as a hamster. Here's a few examples to help show how far a hamster can run - and how long it would take a hamster to travel some famous distances.
|Name||Description||Distance||Would take a hamster...|
|Mount Everest||The tallest mountain in the world||8,848 metres||1 night|
|A marathon||The famous long-distance running race||26.2 miles||5 nights|
|Channel Tunnel||The underwater tunnel linking the UK to France||31 miles||6 nights|
|M25||The motorway around Greater London||117 miles||3 weeks|
|River Nile||One of the longest rivers in the world||4,184 miles||26 months|
|Great Wall of China||The world's longest wall||13,170 miles||6½ years|
It's quite incredible to think that a hamster runs as far as Everest is high in just one night.
3 weeks to do the M25? Given the amount of traffic jams, that's faster than travelling by car!
Hamsters love to run - and as they are nocturnal it's generally between dusk and dawn. Make sure your hamster cage has a wheel - to keep your furry friend active, happy and healthy.