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Last Updated: Saturday June 25 2005 12:00 GMT

Pet hamster survives being posted

The hamster recreates its escape
Police have started an unusual investigation after a hamster was put inside an envelope and posted.

Amazingly the hamster survived the envelope and the postbox she was pushed into after a postman rescued her.

He spotted something moving around as the hamster tried to nibble her way to safety, out of the envelope.

Patrick Von Heimendahl, a vet who examined the animal, told the BBC: "I find this utterly cynical to post a hamster. She is lucky to survive."

He added: "I don't think she would have survived for very much longer."

The hamster - who was found on Wednesday - is thought to have been in the box for around four hours.

Anyone with information should contact Cambridgeshire Police.

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