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Austrian real estate development company Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG) hired a landscaping consultant—dubbed “The Hamster Commissioner”—to ensure that their latest renovation project complies with regulations protecting wild hamsters.
According to WLRN, BIG was commissioned by the government to renovate the University College of Teacher Education in Vienna, which happens to be the home of about 50 wild common hamsters. As the common hamster is a protected species in Austria, it was essential that the local hamster population stay safe and protected.
“Hamster Commissioner” Friedrich Vondruska visits the construction site weekly to ensure the hamster safety measures are being met. Vondruska checks that the active burrows are fenced off, and makes sure there are plenty of hiding spaces for the rodents.
“Hamsters need places to hide,” Vondruska tells WLRN. “If there is no places to hide, they will move to another area.”
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