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Saturday
Dec222012

Bieber’s Hamster Giveaway Causes Furry Furor

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- Here’s a story that will give you paws. Or at least it has paws.

According to TMZ, Justin Bieber gave an unsuspecting fan an early Christmas present by unloading his pet hamster, named PAC, on her during a recent concert.

“That’s all you,” Bieber can be heard shouting to the girl over the screams of the crowd as the incident was captured on grainy video. “You gotta take care of PAC.”

The girl, identified as Victoria Blair, age 18, screamed back, “I will take care of him!”

The California Hamster Association is not amused. They simply cannot believe the pop star acted so irresponsibly.

First of all, yes. There really is a California Hamster Association (CHA). And second, as David Imber, an adviser and spokesman for the organization pointed out – what Bieber did was not cool.

“No doubt Justin Bieber meant well in delighting his adoring fan with the gift of his hamster, but without realizing it he was practicing a form of animal cruelty,” Imber said.

“We have subsequently read that the recipient is attempting to be responsible about caring for the animal, but absent any other indication, in general it is extremely likely that this hamster would have been harmed,” Imber continued. “No pet, large or small, should ever be ‘gifted’ to an unknowing recipient.”

Beiber could not immediately be reached for comment by ABC News but Blair told ABC News that PAC is doing fine.

If you are considering giving the gift of a hamster this year, the CHA urges using some common sense.

This means never surprising someone with any sort of creature, let alone something as sensitive and fragile as a cute and furry little hamster. Without discussing it with them first, you don’t know if someone has the means or desire to provide proper care for the animal (as with any animal), including suitable housing, plenty of food and water, and one of those squeaky exercise wheels. And definitely, under no circumstances should you hand over a pet to the recipient at a concert.

Imber worried that most people don’t realize hamsters actually don’t make great pets for little kids even though they are inexpensive and reproduce in great numbers.

“They do not typically sit calmly in one’s lap, but roam incessantly — the reason we give them wheels — and they have a very short life span of fewer than 1,000 days,” he said.

If you do decide to go forward with a pet present, remind the new owner that they can leave it in the care of a shelter or animal rescue center should they no longer wish to keep it — again, keeping in mind that any handoff should not occur in the midst of a screaming mob of adolescent girls.

But anyway, three holiday cheers for PAC’s new situation. Our little ham-star doesn’t appear doomed to die a horrible death as the CHA initially feared. In fact, he seems to be thriving like the tiny rodent royalty he is, even tossing out the occasional tweet to his nearly 46,000 followers.

“Yes, it’s true. @victoriablair21 is ‘my’ new owner, she takes care of me so don’t worry,” said one of his tweets that posted a few days after he was handed over to Blair.

It was hashtagged, #happyhamster.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun062012

Designer Karl Lagerfeld Spoils Cat Choupette with Two Maids, iPad

Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- With that signature white coif and black sunglasses, the world knows designer Karl Lagerfeld as the force and face of the fashion house Chanel. But there’s a softer side to him. Behind that sometimes tough exterior, the designer is a hardcore cat lover.

Lagerfeld gushed about his precious feline, a Siamese cat named Choupette, in an interview with Women's Wear Daily, calling the kitten a “famous beauty” and a “kept woman.”

French model Baptiste Giabiconi asked Lagerfeld to babysit the feline for two weeks around Christmas, Lagerfeld told WWD, but Choupette was “too cute” so he “refused to give her back.”

Since then, the 9-month-old cat has become the apple of his eye and has been treated to a life of luxury. Lagerfeld has seen to it that Choupette is “beyond spoiled.”

The cat takes her meals at the table with him, sleeps under a pillow and plays with an iPad (so much for catnip and scratching posts). Lagerfeld tweeted a photo of Choupette playing with an iPad last month, with the caption, “iPet.”

That’s not all, though. The cat has two maids who tend to her night and day and document her daily life in a diary of sorts for Lagerfeld.

“When I am not there, the maids take down, in little books, everything she did, from what she ate, to how she behaved, if she was tired, and if she wasn’t sleeping,” he told WWD. “In the nine months, we already have almost 600 pages. … I think it could be funny to make a little book of Choupette’s diary.”

Others have apparently taken a liking to Choupette. She now has a Twitter account of her own, @ChoupettesDiary, though it’s not verified, and “she” has been tweeting up a storm since Wednesday, starting with “I, Choupette, am Lagerfeld’s true muse,” and, “Chanel is my catnip. I dare u to look as cute rolling around in couture as I can.”

Another tweet reads: “In my 9 months I have pawed at more Chanel than most women will see in a lifetime. I bask in your envy.”

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