This is our hamster, Moka. We got het in September of 2000, after the unexpected death of our last hamster, Smokey. She's very young.

The last few hamsters we got were from a PetCo in the Mountain View, CA area in California. They have the best raised and healthiest hamsters I've seen and really know their stuff. But that was a bit far out of the way, so we tried something a little more local. (We've moved in the past year, you see.)

All of the hamsters in the cage with her were all reasonably bright eyed, but this one seemed to shine out as the brightest and healthiest of the bunch. She's not really socalized as the others, but she's sweet. She's just kind of shy. I think she's getting used to us.