Hamster Rises From Dead: How Did Zombie Hamster 'Tink' Rise From Her Flower Bed Grave?

By Staff Reporter on April 12, 2013 8:34 AM EDT

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Tink the hamster rises from the dead after it was buried one foot below the flower bed when her caretakers thought she was dead. (Photo: YouTube / jonmillsswns)

A hamster rises from the dead, performing the greatest trick a pet has ever pulled!

Lisa Kilbourne-Smith and boyfriend James Davis of Painswick, England, were responsible for watching a friend's 2-year-old hamster pet Tick over the Easter holiday. Unfortunately, Tick was found dead inside her cage.

After phoning the friend about the news, Lisa and James wrapped the hamster inside a paper tower and buried it one foot below the flower bed.

Miraculously, the poor hamster managed to rise from the dead on Good Friday, eating through its paper towel coffin to dig herself out of her 1 foot grave. Next, Tink found shelter by climbing up a pipe and falling into a recycling box, surviving one of the coldest Easters that Painswick, England, had experienced.

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The next day, Lisa's father was startled when he found the little hamster nestled under the recycled boxes.

"Suddenly a little face popped out of one of (the boxes), which gave me a big startle I can assure you," 60-year-old Les said. "We've nicknamed her 'Jesus' because it was Easter when she came back from the dead."

While Tink's resurrection might sound like a miracle of biblical proportions, veterinarians have a better theory as to how Tink resurrected herself -- she was never actually dead. Deep hibernation is a state of inactivity and metabolic depression in endotherms, resulting to a low body temperature, slowed breathing, faint heart rate, and a low metabolic rate. Symptoms that closely resemble death, it wasn't until a spike in adrenaline brought on by exposure to extreme cold shocked Tick from hibernation and sent her scurrying towards warmth.

To learn more about how Tink the hamster rose from the dead, be sure to watch the video below:

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