When a hamster rolls in its little hamster wheel inside its cage, does it think it's getting anywhere? I used to think not. But the other day, I made a loud noise to get the attention of my nephew’s hamster, which ended up being much louder than I thought it would be. It scared the bejeezus out of the little guy! His reaction? He froze for a second, then scampered all the way to the other side of his cage, jumped into his little wheel, and ran as fast as he could for several seconds. Then he stopped and looked around, as though to see if the coast were clear, hopped out, and went about his business. So, I could be totally anthropomorphizing - but it sure seemed like he thought he was running far away from where he had been to get away from the scary loud noise. Which would mean he thought he was actually going somewhere when he ran in his wheel. I’ve also noticing a few things since: it seems to stop periodically specifically for the purpose of checking out its surroundings, to see where it is; quite often if it runs in the wheel in one direction for a while, it will then turn around and go back in the opposite direction for a while. Has anyone done research on this? Do hamsters understand the concept of the wheel, or do they actually think it leads somewhere? [Diana Ross voice] Do you know... where you're going to... Do you like the things that life is showing you... Where are you going to... Do you know? [/Diana Ross voice] Didn't know I could sing like that, didja? Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Peace.