I got a hamster as a kid (no pic sadly) for getting good grades in school. Her name was Oreo and she was a black bear. She was the sweetest hammy ever, and about a week after I brought her home she became really really fat...my Mom was thrilled
She had 13 babies! She was mad at me when I wouldn't put her in her ball because everything I read up on said don't mess with them, they will eat them. Finally after enduring many a hammy fit I caved and put her in her ball.
We had a cat that was not supposed to be in the house. He somehow got inside and found her in the ball. He got it open and I immediately chased him down, he only had her by her scruff. He moved when I grabbed him, and somehow it broke her poor neck. I was a mess I felt so terrible and then I realized I had 12 pink less than a week old baby hamsters left with no mother. (Either she ate one or I had miscounted prior).
I ran around town trying to find a syringe and kitten milk, FINALLY a pharmacist gave me a few after we told him what happened. The smallest one wouldn't eat and was so depressed without his mommy, that he passed away the next day. But I raised ALL 11 to full adulthood. I kept two, and gave one to my cousin, and the rest I traded to one happy pet store owner (the ones I gave him looked like normal teddy bear hamsters) they were his favorite breed and I don't think he sold a single one lol. He kept throwing stuff at me for my other pets- way more than hamsters are worth...on top of paying me for them lol.
I kept Kody (short for Kodiak- he was white with grey, and brownish spots) he had his mothers calm and friendly temperament and good grief he was huge, he would clean up after all his siblings when it came to food. His sister I kept, she was peach and white- Grizzlie, but she was mean and died after a week when I bred her with a different black bear, Teddy the Hampire aka Hampire (I had a bear theme---he was a poor hairless one, for some reason he got alopecia (sp) and nothing we gave him helped). I still don't know how I convinced my Mom to let me try to breed hammys lol.