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  • But the Chungar is not entirely lifeless

  • In the darkness, a little Roborovskis hamster emerges to search for food

  • They're the worlds smallest hamsters, the size of a ping pong ball

  • and they live in family groups of around 10.

  • Unlike the Kazaks, hamsters can't migrate to avoid the severity of winter.

  • They have to prepare for difficult times by storing up provisions

  • to spend the season underground

  • Anyone who has kept a pet hamster, knows what an energetic little creature it can be.

  • In a single night, a hamster may cover the equivalent of four human marathons.

  • But foraging far and wide creates a problem. How to carry the harvest back to it's nest?

  • Here the hamsters famous flexible cheek pouches come in to play.

  • They can be stuffed full of seeds for carrying back to the burrow.

  • Underground, the family have special food chambers to store the bounty.

  • This supply will have to last them through the lean and cold times ahead.

  • Winter is on its way.

But the Chungar is not entirely lifeless

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Roborovski hamsters - BBC 'Wild China'

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