A MUM urged other hamster owners to check their pets were really dead before burying them alive.
Lisa Goodman, 38, couldn’t believe her eyes when her daughter’s rodent Fudge appeared to come back to life.
But thankfully, the mum realised that the furry friend was actually just hibernating.
She said: “Fudge is my daughter Lillie’s hamster so I was just praying that he would wake up. I didn’t want to have to tell her he had died.
“Fudge was cold and from what I know that is the reason they go into this hibernation-like state.
“Hamsters are originally from warmer climates so need to be kept at a warm temperature.
“I didn’t know about it until a couple of years ago when I thought one of my hamsters had died but while I was saying my last goodbyes it started to show signs of life again as it had started to warm up.
While some are pleased that they have been warned about the ‘resurrecting’ hamsters, not everyone feels so reassured.
Lisa revealed: “Some people have been commenting and remembering their pet hamsters they have buried in the past and wondering if they buried them while they were still alive.
“There were even some comments from people that had put their hamsters in the bin and were panicking that they could have escaped or been taken off to the rubbish tip.”
Another commented on their own family pet, remarking: “Hate thinking we buried him if he wasn’t dead just hibernating.
Defending her viral post, Lisa said: “I have had a few people reach out to me and tell me that I’m wrong and making people panic over something that isn’t true.
“I don’t claim to be an expert I’m just speaking as an animal lover from my own personal experiences.”