Pets & Animals

Hamster tumbles backward in cage, Internet flips out

Are hamsters supposed to do this?

Maybe only in Russia?

In a new video, one ambitious hamster is running around with his pals, cheeks bulging with food, when he suddenly dashes into his dish. Then he goes tumbling backward out of it. Again. And again.

The video, which has racked up over 218,000 views since being posted Sunday, comes with this headline: "I think this hamster is broken."

But we disagree. We like this new model!

(Spoiler alert: It turns out this is not unheard-of behavior for some hamsters and can be symptomatic of a disorder termed "star gazing." For more on that, go here.)

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