This Myanmar man has several dwarf hamsters.
He decided to get the dwarf hamster operated despite the high anaesthetic risk and the very old age. The dwarf hamster lives up to 2.5 to 3 years and this one was 26 months old. Some pet owners will save on financial costs as the life span is near the end.
But he is not a calculating man.
"I get the operation done to make his life less painful," he told me.
"Doc," my assistant informed me during pre-operation preparation. "This is an abscess!"
"There is a big pimple seen," I said. "You could be correct. But it could be an encapsulated abscess or an infected tumour."
Surgery and gas anaesthesia revealed an infected tumour. Never judge a book by its cover.