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Hamsters are a type of small rodent often kept as a pet, similar to Guinea Pigs. Because of their small size and ability to cram large amounts of food into their mouth, they are often used in viral videos.
One of the earliest examples of hamsters online was the Hamster Dance website. The original Hampster Dance website was created by Canadian Deidre LaCarte, an art student at the time, during a competition between her best friend and sister to see who could generate the most web traffic. Using the web hosting service GeoCities, LaCarte created an homage to her pet hamster, Hampton, featuring 392 animated hamster sprites doing different dances in August 1998. She paired the GIFs with a 9-second WAV file that contained a sped-up sample from the song "Whistle Stop" by Roger Miller, written for the 1973 Disney cartoon Robin Hood. Though the original site is now gone, mirrors were put up by WebHamster in February 1999 and educator Lee Sonko in 2002.
One of the first viral videos to star a hamster was uploaded on March 23rd, 2007, by YouTuber lumpymangos's channel titled "Hamster Vacuum!" which features a hamster quickly eating a line of seeds. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 6.2 million views. A similar video titled "Smoke – The Amazing Hamster Storing Food" was uploaded by YouTuber soundorphan on August 11th, 2007. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 4 million views.
On May 29th, 2008, YouTuber ksdrummergirl uploaded a video titled "Swimming Hamsters." As of September 2014, the video has gained over 3.7 million views. On December 8th, 2008, YouTuber katklub uploaded a video titled "Skateboarding hamster!!" As of September 2014, the video has gained over 8 million views.
On February 27th, 2009, YouTuber ParryGripp uploaded a video titled "Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom – Parry Gripp" which features a hamster eating quickly, as of September 2014, the video has gained over 22.8 million views. On August 29th, 2012, YouTuber Vinícius Arantes uploaded a video titled "2 Hamsters 1 Wheel." As of September 2014, the video has gained over 5.7 million views.
On May 25th, 2012, the YouTuber Athanasius Mike uploaded a video titled "Adorable Hamster gets Shot and pretends to be dead." The video was covered by many websites including The Huffington Post and ABC News. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 11.2 million views.
As of September 2014, a search query for "hamster" on YouTube yields more than 2.1 million results. On June 3rd, 2011, the r/hamsters subreddit was created, as of September 2014, the subreddit has gained over 2,000 readers. On November 20th, 2011, the fan run Tumblr blog hamster-tastic was created and on June 20th, 2013, Tumblr blog hamsters-in-cups  was created. As of September 2014, there are over 110,000 fan art submissions on DeviantArt  tagged hamster.
Hampster Dance is one of the earliest single-serving sites, featuring rows of dancing hamster GIFs set to a sped-up sample of the song "Whistle Stop" by Roger Miller. The site became popular in the late 90s through e-mail, blogs and bait & switch pranks.
Hamster on a Piano
Hamster on a Piano is a viral video first uploaded by a YouTube user named arcobalenoverde in February 2007. The minute-long clip, which shows a white hamster lying on top of piano keys and eating popcorn, became so popular that it gave way to several spin-off videos of animals doing other cute things.
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Hamsters Eating Tiny Food
On April 29th, 2014, YouTuber HelloDenizen uploaded a video titled "Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos – Episode 1." The video was covered by many websites including The Huffington Post and Gawker. As of September 2014, the video has gained over 8.4 million views.
On May 7th, YouTuber AprilsAnimals uploaded a video titled "Tiny hamster eating a tiny pizza." As of September 2014, the video has gained over 2.5 million views. On September 16th, HelloDenizen uploaded a video titled "Tiny Hamster vs Kobayashi (Ep. 3)." The video gained over 370,000 views within 48 hours.
 The Huffington Post – Hamster Plays Dead: Adorable Pet Gives Oscar Winning Performance In YouTube Clip
 The Huffington Post- 'Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos' -- Need We Say More?