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We got my son a hamster about 6 weeks ago and it suddenly died two days ago. It was fine on Friday evening. I had cleaned his cage and given him new bedding on Thursday. By Friday when we all got home, he had rearranged everything. He carried a bunch of his bedding up to his lookout tower and was taking up camp there. My son was concerned that the tunnel was plugged and he couldn't get out, so he got all of the bedding out of the tunnel. We watched him run around and play for a while. We then gave him some food. Oreo (the hamster) chucked about 9 pieces of food in his cheeks and went back up to his look out tower. We left him be for the night. We were very busy on Saturday, so we did not observe him much. By Sunday evening he was dead up in his lookout tower.....is it possible that the pet store sold us an old hamster? Could he have ingested some of the bedding and choked? Or just got stopped up? I am very curious what happened. We are going to get another one tomorrow and I don't want my poor son to experience this heartbreak again. We understand that the life span is about 2 years, but we'd like to get more than 6 weeks.

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