These Hamsters Have Seen Some ‘Stranger Things’

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Like the characters in the smash-hit Netflix series Stranger Things, four hamsters rescued by PETA from a neglectful situation have had their world turned upside down, but now they’re ready to embark on their next adventure.

Hamster patriarch Hopper and his offspring, Dustin, Lucas, and Mike, have been through a lot together. Dustin and Mike, who bunk down in the same loft at night, are especially good buddies. Here, they put their heads together to devise a plot for defeating the Shadow Monster.

Lucas loves to burrow in his bedding, using little side strokes as if he were swimming, which works up quite an appetite.

Rescued hamster Lucas having a snack

He may be tiny, but Mike is a fearless leader who’s ready to tackle everything from Demogorgons to exercise wheels.

Mike, a rescued hamster available for adoption

Hopper is a prepper who likes to stuff his cheeks with food to eat later. You never know when you might get trapped in The Upside Down and need an emergency snack!

White hamster in burgundy blanket

Dustin, a lovable goofball who likes to hang out in his food dish, can’t believe that no one will dance with him at the Snow Ball.

Rescued hamster Dustin on holiday-themed blanket

Lucas’ favorite snack is cool, refreshing cucumber slices.

Rescued hamster Lucas eating cucumber slice

Mike prefers to use his cucumber as a walkie-talkie for contacting Eleven.

Rescued hamster Mike with cucumber slice

Dustin and Lucas fortify themselves for a Dig Dug marathon.

Dustin stares down a Demodog.

Rescued hamster Dustin on lucite box

Hopper bravely contemplates exploring a parallel dimension.

Rescued hamster Hopper contemplating door

One portal has closed behind our intrepid hamster party, but we’re hoping other portals are opening in wonderful new homes where our heroes can start creating happy “now” memories. If you live anywhere on the East Coast, get out your walkie-talkie (or hop on your computer) and contact PETA at [email protected] to map out a strategy for bringing a special hamster (or two) into your universe.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind