When David Eyley found his beloved hamster limp and seemingly lifeless in his box, he decided to do the decent thing. After waiting a few hours to make sure his four-year-old pet was dead, he buried him in a box down a two-foot hole in the garden.
But the next day he was startled to receive a call from a neighbour, saying she had seen the hamster scurrying around outside.
To his amazement, Mr Eyley, of Wantage, Oxfordshire, discovered that his brown and white pet had ‘come back to life’ – and managed to dig his way out of the makeshift grave. The hamster, which was formerly known as Rhino, has since been renamed Jesus by Mr Eyley, his wife Wendy, daughter Bayley, aged 23, and 20-year-old twins Jake and Emma.