If they treat hamsters in China like the rotten way they treat other aninals, then I feel sorry about all those hamsters. And I'm not talking about the individuals who keep them. I'm talking about the people selling them.
Pet shop owners have reported huge demand for the little critters since the new year began on Feb 7. Stocks are running low and prices are climbing as children pester their parents for their very own furry piece of good luck.
According to the Chinese media, hamster prices have tripled to about 30 yuan (£2.10) each.
The animal is considered to be a more acceptable pet than other rodents, such as rats and mice, according to Xinhua News Agency.