France Spending Millions on Hamsters!
They're furry, with little round ears, and grow up to 10 inches long — and they're costing France $4.2 million. Europe's top court has pressured Paris into saving the Great Hamster of Alsace, an endangered rodent whose fate has drawn official attention before. In the current project, farmers will grow grains or plants liked by the little creature (like alfalfa and wheat). Industrial-scale farming, suburban sprawl, and freeway projects have contributed to the hamster's dwindling population — which is now between 500 and 1,000. It dipped as low as 161 in 2007. ~No word WHY there *rats* are worth saving, as my personal experience is; they taste just like chicken. ~Rowdy