‘Why you need to do your research before getting an animal’: TikToker debates whether hamsters are dead or hibernating, sparking debate

In a viral video posted on Tuesday, TikToker Emily (@emily.dooley9) asked viewers if her hamsters were “dead or just hibernating”. She said both are cold but not rigid.

Hamsters enter “thrifty hibernation“If you have to endure freezing temperatures or prolonged food shortages, according to pet product retailer Omlet.

In the video, 17-year-old Emily caresses her hamsters, which are placed on a heating pad and appear unresponsive. In another TikTok posted on Wednesday, Emily announced that her hamsters had died. Emily’s videos of her hamsters have all received over 1 million views, and the original post has been viewed more than 16 million times.

Commenters who own their own hamsters have shared about whether Emily’s hamsters are still alive.

“They are hibernating,” @carrie_elizabeth1120 commented. “I do it all the time, it’s a bit scary but they’ll be fine.”

Many other comments expressed confusion and panic about the possibility of burying guinea pigs alive. “Did I just bury my two hibernating hamsters,” wrote user @michelle_20028.

Emily says the hamster’s vet said to “give it a few days.”

“Not available [really] any way to say,” she wrote in overlay text of a TikTok.

To prove that she took care of them, TikToker also shows guinea pig food, snacks and separate containers.

Later that day, Emily posted that she assumed her hamsters were dead.

“They turn blue, the nails have black spots, nothing wakes them up,” TikToker commented on One video notice of their death. “It’s been two days and they’re gone.”

The widespread confusion in the comments sections on Emily’s TikToks has led some users to urge hamster owners to familiarize themselves with how the animals work before caring for them.

“These reviews are why you need to do your research before adopting an animal,” @goo___ wrote.

“Imagine all the hamsters buried alive,” commented @hoppstess. “Just to wake up and [die] anyway.”

The Daily Dot has contacted Emily.

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*First published: January 3, 2022, 2:02 p.m. CST

Tricia Crimmins

Tricia Crimmins is a journalist and comedian based in New York City. She is studying at Columbia School of Journalism and is a regular contributor to the Daily Dot. She has previously written for Mashable, Complex Networks and Moment magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.

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