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Last Updated: Tuesday January 09 2007 19:53 GMT

Missing hamster runs up big bills

A hamster

Pets can be expensive to look after, but can you imagine a hamster running up bills of more than 1,000?

Well, a hamster that went missing after escaping from its cage in the boot of a car has done just that.

Its owners thought it had died when they couldn't find it, but the hamster was alive and well and busy chewing through the car seats and wiring!

He was found tucking into his unusual feast by a mechanic who was trying to find out why the car wouldn't start.

He said the family were relieved to get their pet back in one piece, but shocked at the cost of the car repairs which were more than 1,000.

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