Would You Be­lieve It?

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QAre ham­sters the only crea­tures that store food in the pouches of their cheeks? Ms M.D., Cheshire.

AIt’s not just ham­sters that store food in this way. Chip­munks and most ground squir­rels also do this. It’s a great way to keep their hoard safe un­til they find a place to hide it. Ma­caque mon­keys also have handy food pouches, en­sur­ing they can carry their prized food se­curely un­til they find a safe place to eat it with­out be­ing forced to share! Sur­pris­ingly, per­haps, al­though ger­bils look very sim­i­lar to ham­sters, they don’t have cheek pouches.

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