If I tell you to imagine a hamster you would probably picture the furball in a cage, on a wheel. But while these rodents are incredibly popular as pets, some of them still live in the wild.

Around the world, there are about 26 different species of wild hamsters that are spending their days away from captivity, and Bored Panda has compiled a list of them to show you that these little creatures are one of the cutest things you could meet outside and deserve more than to be hamster pets.

The European hamsters, which are mostly depicted here, are known to build vast food storage chamber systems underground, that can hold up to 65 kg of food for their wintering. A truly impressive amount for such a tiny and cute hamster!

From chewing on some corn to enjoying the smell of a flower, these hamsters in the wild prove they aren't just building burrows to hide from vicious predators. Scroll down to take a look at these adorable puffy-cheek fellows in their natural habitat and upvote your favorite pictures.

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Melody Lanzatella
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

His fur is such beautiful colors! This pic is GENIUS! Great shot!!

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MARIA ANFEROVA
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"I will pick this flower and give it to my friend," said Hamster.

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Neeraj Jha
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can we just photoshop this to that branch being a mic hanging from the ceiling? Mr. Kennedy types..

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Lorrene
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Julian Rad how did you make these amazing pictures? I loooooooooove em

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layne
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can you believe - someone just left this here?

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Eva Bryson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let's see if I can stuff one more flower!

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Neeraj Jha
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"She loves me... She loves me not... to hell with that, this looks tasty.. "

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Valerie Davis
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, so these run wild in Europe...does anyone take them as pets? Great pictures!!!

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