Humane Society of the United States
"Hamsters make great pets, but their small size and widespread reputation as a “starter pet” may encourage impulse acquisitions. Find out if a hamster is the right match for you and learn how to provide top-notch care."
There's a 59-second video on the page, and links to:
And there are some photos of the cute little fur balls.
One thing I didn't know: hamsters do not play well together. They're territorial, and the more common sort are strictly one-to-an-enclosure pets.
The 64-dollar question is: is the hamster a good pet? The Humane Society's answer is, it depends. They've got a pretty good discussion of it here:
- "Is a Hamster the Right Pet for You?"
The Humane Society of the United States (April 21, 2010)