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Hamster abandoned at Tokyo ramen restaurant gets new home

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

If you run a restaurant, sooner or later you’re going to have a customer who leaves some of their belongings behind when they go home. Maybe they were in a rush, or maybe the meal was so good that their brain was fuzzy from a food coma.

So when that eventually happens, the nice thing to do is to hold onto whatever they left behind in hope that the owner will come back to reclaim it. So that’s what the staff did at the Yazaru Kaido Branch 2 of Ramen Jiro in Tokyo’s Hachioji district last Tuesday night, while putting up a written notice in the window to announce that they’d found something.


So what’s the sign say?

“Someone left their hamster behind.”

And no, “hamster” isn’t some sort of Japanese slang term. Apparently someone who ate at the restaurant really did leave their pet hamster, in its enclosure, at Ramen Jiro when they went home. “Who left their hamster behind?” tweeted the restaurant along with the photo. “We feel so bad for it.”


There is, however, a happy ending to the story. Though the hamster’s owner seems to remain a mystery, one of the restaurant’s employees has decided to take the creature in and give it a home.

For the record, taking your hamster for a walk out in town is not something that’s normally done in Japan, and a number of commenters posted suggestions that the new owner get the hamster checked out at a vet, in case it has any health issues that need addressing, and whose costs may have been a reason why the original owner abandoned it. Ham Media, a hamster-focused animal welfare group, also posted a link to resources for organizations that the animal can be entrusted to if the restaurant employee is unable to care for it long-term.

To be fair, though, I suppose there’s an outside chance that the hamster’s original owner really did forget it by accident, perhaps from hitting up the restaurant after several beers elsewhere, and has just been too hungover to come forward yet.

Though that then begs the question of why he was drinking while out with his hamster.

Related: Ramen Jiro Yazaru Kaido Branch 2 Twitter

Source: Twitter/@Jiro_Yaenkaido2 via Kinisoku

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I remember finding a cage with 8 hamster babies in a small bushy area next to the road during my walk way back in 2020 in Kichijoji. 7 were not moving and barely breathing while 1 was moving a bit. It was February and so cold outside but some heartless person had thrown the cute hamsters!

I rushed them to a nearby veterinary hospital within 5 minutes but unfortunately 7 died and one survived. I kept the one and he gave me so much happiness through the pandemic and lockdowns. He lived with me for 3 years 6 months ( until 2023 August ) but left me with so many happy memories and love! Love your pets and don’t throw them away because they love you so much!

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Look at the news ..

National News: Hamster get new home

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I enjoy reading these in the morning ..

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Nice. I thought his new house was a ramen broth pot

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What a nice story to read on a Sunday morning!

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Abandoning a hamster is terrible. But nowhere near as bad as feeding it to your frog. Seriously, google it.

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Great news..

I love those freak Japan news..

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Abandoning a hamster is terrible.

Abandoning any animal is terrible!

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@jim 3 years and a half is an extremely old age for a hamster. They typically live around 2 years. If he lived that long with you that means that you did an excellent job caring for him and keeping him healthy and happy. I'm glad that he was lucky to find you.

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