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With Europe's Hamsters At Risk, Better Call The 'Hamster Commish'

Vienna had a problem: A key construction site threatened the habitat of dozens of hamsters — yes, common hamsters, a protected species in Austria. Here's how the developers saved the little animals.
A hamster perks up at a cemetery in Vienna in May 2017. The common hamster is at risk in parts of Europe, but conservation efforts have improved its chances of survival. Source: Courtesy of Michaela Vondruska

When an Austrian real estate development company was commissioned by the government to renovate the University College of Teacher Education in Vienna, it faced a problem. The school's campus is home to about 50 wild common hamsters. While the common hamster is plentiful in some parts of the world, it is a protected species in

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