First Philip­pine Ham­ster Fair & Fourth An­niver­sary of PHOS

Animal Scene - - CON­TENTS - Pho­tos by JAIRUS LUIS CHUAQUICO

The Philip­pine Ham­ster Own­ers So­ci­ety (PHOS) re­cently held the First Philip­pine Ham­ster Fair at Star­mall, EDSA Shaw. The ham­ster fes­ti­val show­cased the var­i­ous breeds and the skills of the amaz­ing lit­tle crea­ture. Breeds ex­hib­ited in­cluded the Syr­ian, Camp­bell dwarf, Win­ter White or Siberian, Roborovski, and Chi­nese dwarf.

Vis­i­tors--many of whom were fam­i­lies cel­e­brat­ing Fa­ther’s Day--learned that the ham­ster is not just a pet one places in an en­clo­sure and feeds; they can be af­fec­tion­ate enough to be played with and cud­dled--and they can even be raced! There were ham­sters eat­ing worms bred for that pur­pose--a sur­prise for many. They also got to see ham­ster shows, judged by ad­min­is­tra­tors and ham­ster fancy ex­perts Gabay For­lales, Jay Rojo, Charles Guz­man, and Em­man Talu­cod.

Those in­ter­ested in start­ing the ham­ster hobby or who wanted to im­prove their knowl­edge of it en­joyed talks from ex­perts in the in­dus­try on how to take care of their pets, and got to ask their ques­tions as well. In ad­di­tion to ham­sters, vis­i­tors also got to ap­pre­ci­ate ex­hibits by other pet groups, in­clud­ing Ex­otic Feed­ers Philip­pines, Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of Gold­fish En­thu­si­asts, Stun­gun Flow­er­horn, Stun­gun Betta, Live Fish Bait, Guppy Club Philip­pines, and Re­birth – House of Ex­otic Feed­ers, which shared the ba­sics of car­ing for bearded drag­ons.

The event gath­ered var­i­ous ham­ster groups from across the coun­try and in­di­vid­ual breed­ers, in­clud­ing the Ca­manava Ham­ster Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Bu­la­can Ham­ster Own­ers So­ci­ety, Is­abela Ham­ster Own­ers So­ci­ety, Terry Hamhams, Zyr­ian Ham­stery, and Juan­der Pet Store. It was also a cel­e­bra­tion of PHOS’ fourth an­niver­sary.

(Above) Now that’s a sight you don’t see ev­ery­day: ham­sters get­ting ready to race!

It wasn’t just ham­sters on ex­hibit; there were also ex­otic crea­tures and pop­u­lar fish breeds to ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy.

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