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Old 07-28-2017, 03:34 PM   #1
Angelisodaa
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hello friends i just wanted to remind you that I LOVE BAMBI SO MUCH. SHES SO CUTE AND SWEET AND SOFT AND LOVES WALNUTS AND I LOVE HER. DOES SHE KNOW? IS SHE CAPABLE OF KNOWING HOW MUCH I LOVE HER?? BECAUSE I DO A LOT. thats all.
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Old 07-28-2017, 05:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: I love bambi

I don't want to dampen your mood, but I don't think hams have the mental capacity to love (especially solitary species). It serves no evolutionary purpose, and thus wouldn't be passed to offspring. Therefore, it's unlikely they can comprehend love either. However, I do believe that hamsters learn to associate us with good things, and come to trust us. Hamsters do recognize, and prefer, their owners over other people- so at least there's that? This shouldn't matter though, all that matters is that you're a good owner to her
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Old 07-28-2017, 06:06 PM   #3
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I have to say that I agree with Drago. This is why I find it very upsetting when people complain about or get rid of their hamsters because "he/she doesn't love me!!" (Usually said in a tone of shocked indignation) as though said hamster is a faulty toy which has failed to deliver on a an advertised feature.

Hamsters are either solitary or do not need to live in groups and even the species which can live communally probably don't love one another. So, as Drago says, I don't think the emotion of love would serve a purpose for them. So, they don't need companionship emotionally in the first place. Add to that the fact that they are prey animals and therefore naturally cautious and it becomes astounding that they will even allow themselves to be handled. In fact, you would really expect them to run for the hills, as is their instinct!

Having said all that, we are certainly capable of loving them and if they choose to reciprocate our patience and kindness by trusting us then that is amazing. Clearly Bambi trusts you, which is something I don't think you should ever expect from any hamster, taking into account their evolutionary background and instincts, despite the fact that most hamsters can be tamed. So, bear in mind how special it really is that she doesn't fear you and in fact associates you with good things! That is a testament to what a great owner you are.

And who knows, maybe I am wrong and cynical. Maybe hamsters can love. But, I'd expect that love to be more within their species. I'm not even sure at times that hamsters realise we are any more than a big climbing frame! And even if they do recognise us as being alive, can they really know that we are sentient beings with thoughts and feelings? That is quite a complex thought to grasp for such a tiny critter.

Many philosophical questions here! I think it's time someone did a study
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:25 PM   #4
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Many philosophical questions here! I think it's time someone did a study
Absolutely agree! We need more studies on many things
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Old 07-29-2017, 01:56 AM   #5
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I love all of my animals soooo much and although they may not know it I hope that on some level they feel it.

I really like your post! Bambi is SUCH a cute name for a hamster.
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Old 07-29-2017, 02:14 AM   #6
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I'm not sure love has anything at all to do with mental capacity & I'm sure it means different things to every different species, not just hamsters, "love" would be very different for a cat or dog for example but I do believe virtually any animal can form a strong bond with a human, who knows exactly what love is anyway!
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Old 07-29-2017, 02:45 AM   #7
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I do believe that if you love and respect your pets, they will too in their own special ways. With every hamster I've had, I've given unconditional love, care and understanding. Each ham has been different in it's own ways and I've always felt a bond. It can be hard work but so very rewarding.
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Old 07-29-2017, 07:22 PM   #8
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Those replies are all very interesting and thought provoking. Weather Bambi knows that I love her or not I always will. Also flowerfairy lol thanks my mom came up with it. her full first name is bambina but we just call her Bambi for short . Sometimes sometimes whenever we're not around her my sister and I call her baby Godzilla or Baby G because one time I saw this post on Tumblr about baby Godzilla and it kind of reminded me about her for some reason lol
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Old 07-30-2017, 01:34 AM   #9
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I fell in love with all my hamsters and my love grew and grew with each one. They are so easy to love. Unconditional Love.

I always thought Bambi was such a gorgeous name but Bambina has so much gorgeousness to it.
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