Published April 11, 2013
Over the Easter weekend, one pet in Painswick, England was literally getting into the holiday spirit – after she rose from the grave on Good Friday.
Tink, a 2-year-old hamster, was found “lifeless” in her cage by Lisa Kilbourne-Smith, 23, and her boyfriend James Davis, 24, who were watching her for a friend, Stroud News and Journal reported.
Believing Tink to be dead, the couple phoned the hamster’s owner about the news. They then wrapped the hamster in a paper towel and buried her one foot below the surface in a flower bed.
The next day, on Good Friday, Tink had eaten her way out of the paper towel and dug out of the soil. She then climbed up a pipe and landed in a recycling box, where she survived one of the coldest Easters on record in the area. In order to keep warm, Tink had nestled her way into an empty cat food box.
The next day, Tink was discovered by Lisa’s father Les while he was in the garden, crushing boxes to recycle.
“Suddenly a little face popped out of one of (the boxes), which gave me a big startle I can assure you,” 60-year-old Les said. “We’ve nicknamed her ‘Jesus.’”
According to veterinarians, it was likely that Tink was hibernating, a common practice for hamsters, Stroud News and Journal said. Many hamster owners have often mistaken their hibernating pet as deceased, only to find them reanimate a short time later.