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Q: Where should I release a pet hamster to maximize its chance of survival?

Thylacine777I bought a djungarian hamster as a gift for a relative's daughter, but now she says she doesn't want to keep it, because it's very aggressive and always bites. She's had a few hamsters before and says this one is a true nightmare. She's been having it since a month ago and the hamster is now two-...

I can't really 'answer' this but...
the general attitude has me all sorts of upset
"Lets buy a hamster as a gift" (which is bad) then when it doesn't work out, dump it somewhere...
 
 
12 hours later…
1:12 PM
Morning.
 
2:05 PM
Here's an ethics question for ya. Assuming the OP just straight-up refuses to take in the thing, what's better? To:
A) let the pet go free
B) Leave it in a 'please take me' cage, so it'll either get a new home or horribly starve to death
C) Euthanize it
?
 
@Sarov I consider taking on a pet a grave responsibility
So none of those options are palatable to me
 
Okay but there's about a 1% chance the OP will agree with you.
 
2:19 PM
I do not agree with any of OP's actions
I don't see any way to convince him either
This is a terrible outcome for a hamster, and why animals are not things to be 'gifted'
and if you do, and it fails, it ought to be your responsibility to ensure the critter gets a good home
 
Sure, but personally I also don't think it's right to go "You should do this" and then just step away if they refuse.
Imo, C is a much more ethical option than A. (I'm really not sure for B).
 
hm In this case, its essentially murder.
there's nothing wrong with the hamster other than human stupidity
@Sarov I mean, I'm not posting that as an answer
merely stating I am upset by the attitude
I wish I had a solution (No humane societies in moscow? At all?)
 
If I were to answer it, it'd probably be something like...
"When you bought a pet, you took on the responsibility to care for that pet. To do otherwise is unethical. I strongly urge you to do so.
That being said, if you absolutely refuse, the least-evil approach you can take is to take the hamster to a vet and get it humanely euthanized."
 
I mean if it was singapore I'd point them at the right place
(hell, maybe even help)
 
(I also legit don't know about option B. It seems like a gamble with potentially the best and the almost-worst outcomes.)
 
2:29 PM
hm
Option B either means a rescue, or a long, cold lonely death by starvation
 
Exactly.
 
A probably means getting eaten by a cat, or wildlife
 
Or, worst-option, becoming invasive.
"Or maybe just buy some goddamn earplugs." pets.stackexchange.com/questions/33016/…
 
Its apparently native?
I've never owned a hamster in my life...
and I know the little critters are nocturnal
 
I owned a rat (though I really shouldn't have, I was a terrible pet owner). Never a hamster.
 
2:34 PM
Someone dumped a dog on us. He died of old age. :D
But I also did a shedton of research afterwords
 
I think that question serves as example #4086 why giving pets as gifts is a stupid idea
 
Oh, that's a fundamental issue here
 
...Honestly, maybe someone should just suggest earplugs? If the only reason the OP wants to kill it is 'It's too loud and I can't sleep' then...
 
I already had one comment people (rightly?) flagged as unkind this week
I don't want to hit my quota of cluebat clubbing for this week
for extra annoyance. Moscow, ****ing idaho exists
and its messing up my google fu
 
@JourneymanGeek that sounds like one of the scarier incarnations of Rule 34
 
2:40 PM
@motosubatsu Much to the surprise of a few people....
I swear liberally when seriously annoyed :D
(I also suspect learning russian might be useful)
 
It should be possible to suggest earphones without profanity. :P
But your call.
 
@JourneymanGeek да товарищ
 
See? If I knew Russian
 
Также есть гугл переводчик.
 
@Sarov Это то, что я использовал, заставляет меня казаться космополитом, а что нет.
 
2:54 PM
I mean here I would point them at the SPCA or hamster specific rescue
 
@motosubatsu Не мое любимое мороженое.
@JourneymanGeek OP did say that had already looked for places.
 
@Sarov I am not trusting he looked very hard
 
Assume good faith? :D :P
 

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