Pets & Animals

X-ray reveals how hamsters pack so much food in their cheeks

Just try looking away while a hamster stuffs morsel after morsel into its cheeks: These little guys could put your entire Thanksgiving table to shame. But how do they do it? 

The English TV series "Wild at Heart" trained X-rays on a golden hamster (a species native to northern Syria and southern Turkey) to show how how just far the pockets in the little critter's cheeks expand. It turns out they reach from their mouths all the way down to their hips. (If humans had that, we'd never have to share Thanksgiving leftovers again.)

Between hamsters shoving bowls full of nuts into their cheeks and inhaling miniature food, it's no wonder hamster butts became something of note. Watch out, J.Lo!



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