What are you feeding your hamster? Go forward and examine … I’ll wait. In case you don’t have a hamster, begin feeling grateful now.
Hamster house owners again? Most hamster pellets comprise quite a lot of wheat, corn and seeds. Hamsters within the wild (in Turkey, Syria, Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and elements of Europe) go for seeds, nuts, fruits, greens, worms and no matter they will discover in farm fields. Which may be an issue, based on a brand new research of French hamsters which discovered that one explicit crop, when fed to hamsters with no different meals, turned them into raging cannibals that ate their very own pups … alive!
“What meals might flip hamsters into cannibals?” requested anxious pet house owners and pissed off horror movie writers in search of new concepts.
Females saved their pups with their hoards of maize earlier than consuming them. Pups have been nonetheless alive at the moment.
Maize! Or as we name it within the U.S., Doritos! Really, maize is the popular identify for corn exterior of the U.S., New Zealand and Australia. In France, similar to within the U.S. and different nations reliant on industrial agriculture and full of people raised on excessive fructose corn syrup and different corn merchandise, the dominant crop is maize.
In line with a research revealed within the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, researchers have been involved that the wild European hamster (Cricetus cricetus) was turning into critically endangered. After eliminating the standard predators and human encroachment destroying their habitats, Mathilde Tissier on the College of Strasbourg and her crew regarded on the fields of corn the place hamsters burrow and determined to check its impact.
What they discovered was horrific. Wild hamsters have been fed both wheat or corn-based diets with equal dietary values. Whereas four-fifths of the pups born to wheat-eaters survived previous weaning, solely 5 % of the pups of corn eaters lived to run on a wheel. The remaining have been eaten alive by their cannibalistic moms.
It will get worse. The researchers noticed the vampire hamster moms working in circles, and “climbing and pounding their feeders.” Their tongues have been darkish and swollen and their blood was generally too thick to attract into needles.
For these not up on their medical data, these signs in people are indicators of a vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency which leads to a situation referred to as pellagra. What causes pellagra and its related behaviors?
Improperly cooked maize-based diets have been related to larger charges of murder, suicide and cannibalism in people.
And in hamsters. Including B3 to their maize-based food regimen eradicated the corny cannibalism, demented conduct, darkish tongues and different signs, similar to including niacin to meals eradicated pellagra in people.
Is the answer extra B3 in hamster pellets strewn the place the wild ones roam? The researchers have a greater thought.
Figuring out that these species already face many threats, and that the majority of them are in peril of extinction, it’s pressing to revive a various vary of vegetation in agriculture schemes.
Is that this only a good horror film premise or the scary way forward for corn-eating people?
(No hamsters have been harmed within the making of this text.)