A family is in shock after its pet hamster not only came back from the dead and clawed his way out of a 50cm grave.
Dave Eyley had buried the four-year-old hamster after he found him “cold and lifeless” in his cage in Wantage, southern England, over the Easter weekend.
But the plucky rodent, called “Rhino,” was spotted scampering around the garden by a neighbour the next day.
Mr Eyley, 49, thought it was a mistake but when he checked the spot where he had buried the hamster in a plastic tub he found a five-centimetre hole where the pet dug his way out.
He said: “He had rigor mortis when I buried him – and now he’s running about.
“He’s a plucky little soul and seems unaffected by being dead and buried. We’re stunned – but happy to have him back.”