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A teacher spends hours creating tiny sets for her hamsters, and the photos are adorable

June 19th, 2020 by

Inspired by pop culture and current events, Beverly Borrill creates miniature scenes with her pet hamsters. The British school teacher, who runs the Instagram page Harcourt Hammies, poses them in a variety of scenarios from holidays like St. Patrick’s Day to TV shows like “Doctor Who.”

Borrill spoke with Insider about her process, why she loves hamsters, and how her eccentric hobby has been keeping her busy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Beverly Borrill is a teacher who found a hobby creating scenes with her pet hamsters.

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Borrill’s passion started when her daughter created a hot air balloon model and Borrill decided to let the family’s pet hamsters pose with it.

“It looked so good that we thought wouldn’t it be cute if we put the hamsters in the basket? It looked really great,” Borrill told Insider.

She decided to create more miniature models for her hamsters to pose in, thinking, “This could the start of a great adventure.”

Borrill has been creating scenes like this one of her hamsters reenacting the iconic “Lady and The Tramp” scene for five or six years.

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She said so far she has designed about 40 different models.

Her six hamsters, Marmalade, Button, Sable, Merlot, Sebastian, and Raisin, are the stars of her creations.

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“They’re almost human, aren’t they?” Borrill said, regarding a hamster’s human-like paws. “It’s very easy to put them into a human scenario because they’re so sweet that way.”

A hamster only lives about 18 months, and Borrill finds it sad to watch them get old so quickly.

“You get very attached to them, then … oh dear,” she said.

She designs her scenes around events like Mother’s Day …

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“I usually take inspiration from things that are topical, anything that is going on around us,” she said. “If it’s Wimbledon week for example, then we will do hamsters playing tennis. That’s how it begins.”

… or pop culture icons like “Doctor Who.”

Before construction begins, Borrill will sit down and sketch out what she wants her scene to look like.

“Then I get out the scissors and the glue gun and the cardboard and the bits of left of leftover plastic and recycled milk cartons,” she said.

Other works inspired by pop culture include this scene from Disney’s “Aladdin.”

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In the scene, the hamster takes a magic carpet ride and summons a genie to grant his wishes … more peanut butter, perhaps?

To get her hamsters to pose for the camera, she has a couple of foolproof tricks.

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“There are two basic tricks,” she said. “If you have a particular male hamster you want to pose then you want to put a female hamster where you want him to go because he’ll sniff around and look for her all day long. If you got a female hamster you want in a particular pose then you get peanut butter out because they absolutely adore peanut butter.”

But she also has to be ready to improvise.

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“Some [ideas] are really successful, and some you think are going to be successful don’t turn out the way you want somehow,” she said. Sometimes the hamsters will eat her props.

Given their sleep schedules, Borrill usually tries to create a scene at either dawn or dusk when they first wake up.

Borrill has even created scenes that relate to COVID-19.

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Though she normally works on the models alone, the hospital scene she designed was a family affair.

“Those were a real family effort. Everyone got involved,” she said. “My mom knitted the blankets for the bed. My daughter folded all the paper for the ventilators.”

It took her four days to create this scene of a hamster working from home.

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“I generally tend to work around the kitchen table, so the family can often be seen eating their dinner around a hospital scene or whatever it might be that’s on the cards at the moment,” she said.

Getting supplies for the scenes can be difficult during the pandemic …

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“The difficulty I have right now is getting to places to buy the things that I need to create the sets,” Borrill said. “Sometimes you may need cardboard or that sort of stuff, then it’s difficult to get to because non-essential shops are still closed. Fortunately we still have the internet, and good ol’ Amazon shows up pretty much everyday to our house.”

… but Borrill will also recycle her old models for supplies.

Though she recycles and disposes of most models, mostly due to space concerns, there are a few she couldn’t help holding onto.

“I kept a couple just because they were very lovely and I really enjoyed making them,” she said.

Among her favorite scenes is a hamster maternity ward.

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She enjoyed creating the maternity ward for hamsters because they were so tiny and cute.

Thousands of followers on social media also enjoy her creations.

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They enjoy her scenes like this hamster finding gold at the end of a rainbow.

“I’m absolutely blown away people find my very strange hobby interesting and rewarding,” she said.

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“To me, family time is really valuable and to share a hobby and interest like that is really lovely,” she added.

Hamster Left To Die Gets Rescued By Police Officers, And Now They’re Fighting Crime Together

May 11th, 2017 by

When Berlin Police officers in Germany received a call this week from a local hospital, they were surprised they were asked to save a… hamster! Apparently, the critter was lost or abandoned. The poor little fellow would cower alone in a nearby bush, so the hospital staff decided to call for help. Fortunately, the police officers took the mission of saving the hamster seriously, and came to the rescue.

“A police patrol found him and named him spontaneously Sir Henry,” a spokesperson for the Berlin Police told The Dodo. “They put him in an empty box (usually made for clinic-gloves) and took him to the police station.”

There, Sir Henry was introduced to police equipment, and the hamster seemed to absolutely love it. Then, he was taken to the animal shelter – but the policemen didn’t want to say ‘goodbye’ to him. “The next day, one of our police officers appeared at the animal shelter and adopted him as a new family member,” the police spokesperson said.

“Let’s say he has been also warmly welcomed as a part of the whole ‘family’ of the Berlin Police department.”

Police received a call from a local hospital and got surprised they were asked to save an abandoned hamster

Apparently, the critter would cower alone in a nearby bush and needed help

They named him Sir Henry and took him to the police station where he immediately felt at home

One of the policemen adopted the tiny fellow and now he is part of the Berlin Police team!

Someone even did a drawing of the cutest addition to Berlin Police inspired by the story

WARNING Baby Hamster Cuteness That Will Melt Your Heart

January 7th, 2017 by

Hamsters are considered to be one of the most popular pets recently. If you are a hamster lover, then be careful. The following pictures contain a very high risking level of cuteness that can melt your hear in a heart bit.

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Adorable Hamsters That Will Cause A Cuteness Overload

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This list features some of the cutest hamsters on the internet, but be warned – they may cause a cuteness overload!

Dutch Artist Illustrates Rats and Hamsters Showing Their Cutest Side

January 19th, 2016 by

Dutch artist Nadya Bonten-Slenders creates beautiful illustrations, usually with one or more rats as the center point, though every now and then she branches out to hamsters, cats, pandas and sometimes even people. Nadya has been running her own illustration business for a couple of years now.

Over the years she has developed a style that is truly her own; her illustrations are always cute as a button and have an ethereal and delicate air about them. Nadya is a self-taught artist and thus built her career on experience only, making sure to always improve her craft. Nadya also illustrates children’s books.

In 2013 she started a 365-day illustration challenge. For the duration of one year she made and published one illustration per day. This really shaped and improved her drawing style and creativity.

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Hamster jumps for berries and gets a tasty snack as its reward

August 24th, 2015 by

You’d think if you were desperate for a sweet snack you wouldn’t be caught hanging around. But this hamster was caught doing exactly that – albeit while he was tucking into a juicy collection of fresh blackberries.

Click Next to view all the photos of this hamster eating berries!

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Hamster befriends a dog and 8 birds

July 7th, 2015 by

Hamster befriends a dog and 8 birds. It is astonishing how animals are so ready to befriend each other most of the time…unlike some of us humans! Below you will find pictures showing a hamster befriending a dog and 8 birds! Click next to view them all!

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The Cutest Baby Hamsters you’ve ever seen

June 16th, 2015 by

Below you will see the Cutest Baby Hamsters you’ve ever seen! 

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Smiling Hamsters That Will Make You Grin or Melt Your Heart

June 11th, 2015 by

What better joy than seeing your hamster smiling! Hamsters too can smile and they do it when they are really happy!

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Hamster Memes – Best collection of Funny Hamsters

June 4th, 2015 by

Check out these Funny Hamster Memes

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