Meet Lucky the Hamster

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Meet Lucky the Hamster

Picture of Lucky the Library HamsterIf you’re a regular customer in the children’s area, you've probably noticed that Watha T. Daniel Library has a new mascot: Lucky, the pet hamster.

Lucky arrived with our new children’s librarian, Anina Ertel, who joins us after working for five years at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park branch.

You may not have actually seen Lucky yet. Hamsters are often considered nocturnal, meaning they sleep during the day and come out at night. But more sources are saying that they are actually crepuscular--more active at dawn and twilight hours than during the day. This is debatable when it comes to Lucky, who likes to spend most of his day curled in a ball, fast asleep or grooming himself. You can spy a little fluff of peach fur in the glass tank, buried deep in the bedding, if you look closely. Once in a while, Lucky will come out for a drink, a snack, or a bathroom break.Book on caring for small pets

Lucky is a golden hamster (but not every golden hamster has golden-hued fur), also called a Syrian hamster. This type is a solitary, territorial creature. Dwarf hamsters, however, often prefer each other’s company, and Siberian hamsters form monogamous bonds.

Rodents can be great starter pets for children, or in households that can’t accommodate larger pets. In addition to hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, mice and rats can also be a good fit for children.

DC Library has plenty of books on keeping and caring for small pets. Check one out!