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Runaway hamster back in custody

The escaped hamster who defied a team of firefighters after going on the
run was back in her cage today.

Fire crews used the traditional hamster-hunting tools of a chocolate-
covered camera and a sock-covered vacuum cleaner to try and wrangle
missing Fudgie out of her hiding place at six-year-old Zoe Appleby's home
in Dunbar, East Lothian.

The girl's mother contacted the fire service six days after the pet scuttled
down a hole in the kitchen floor.

Despite their efforts, they failed to recover Fudgie and called in the
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).

The Daily Record said the hamster had been found this morning running
around a cage that the SSPCA had put out to catch her.

In the search for Fudgie, firefighters took the family cooker and gas pipes
to pieces.

They also dropped a mini-camera coated with chocolate underneath the

They then hoped to suck out the furry rodent using a vacuum cleaner
with a sock over the nozzle.

The Appleby family are looking after Fudgie for a friend of Zoe's.

Her mother Angela, told the Record they were delighted that the hamster
had ended its nine-day exile.

'It was like Christmas morning,' she said.

'Zoe sat in her pyjamas in front of Fudgie's cage and watched her for
ages. She said "I love you Fudgie".
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