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Adventurous Hamster Gets Most Special Gift After Hurting His Paw

Nothing's going to stop him 💪

This little rodent was taking a giant leap for hamkind — until he fell.

About a week ago, Kirk the dwarf hamster was climbing up the side of his cage when he got his foot caught in something. His mom, Dottie James, noticed right away and brought him to the vet, who shared the unfortunate news that little Kirk would be out of commission for a bit. He had somehow broken his tiny ankle.

hamster vet cast
Dottie James

As a very active little hamster, Kirk was certainly disappointed. The vet gave him the tiniest — and most adorable — leg cast before sending him home.

Although Kirk was clearly down on his luck, James couldn’t help but realize just how cute the hamster looked wearing his tiny cast.

Dottie James

“We think his ankle got caught during one of these [climbing] exhibitions and broke as he fell, poor adventurous little man,” James told The Dodo. “The cast will be on for a further two weeks, then the plan is to X-ray him again and see if it’s healing.”

Relieved that her friend was safe and would be on the mend soon, James brought Kirk home from the vet to begin resting — and that’s when they saw it. A get well gift was sitting there in the house, and it was for Kirk.

James’ roommate, who is a furniture designer, had crafted a tiny custom wheelchair made of paper for the injured hamster. It was the sweetest gesture — showing even the tiniest of critters deserve being noticed.

hamster cast
Dottie James

“The tiny wheelchair was an utter surprise,” James said. “It’s made of paper, so it’s more functional as a ‘get well soon’ card than an actual tiny wheelchair!”

After posting about the wheelchair on Twitter, James realized just how special of a gift it was for little Kirk, who would surely use it if he had hands.

While the vet has ordered Kirk to rest so he can heal his injury, the hamster isn’t too keen on a world where he can’t explore.

hamster cast
Dottie James

So, under the careful watch of his mom, Kirk still manages to make the most of every day by staying active.

“Kirk isn’t in the habit of sitting still though so he powers on without wheels, using his cast as a sort of paddle to push himself along,” James said. “He’s a funny little man, incredibly friendly, never bites, and always wants to be wherever he isn’t.”

hamster cast
Dottie James

A hamster this adventurous has to stay busy, after all.

To keep up with Kirk’s adventures, you can follow him on Instagram.