Am 18.5.2013 konnte ich Feldhamster beim Paarungsspiel beobachten. Alle Bilder lassen sich durch anklicken vergrößern.
|Der alte Mann / Old man hamster|
|Altes Männchen folgt Weibchen / Old man following female|
Zweimal konnte ich beobachten wie sie sich einholen ließ und es in einer geschützten Ecke oder unter einem Strauch zur Paarung kam (leider habe ich keine guten Bilder der eigentlichen Paarung, da sein breiter Rücken alles verdeckt hat). Danach hat er sich jedesmal penibel die intimen Stellen gesäubert - auch wenn ein jüngerer Rivale schon dazukam.
|Rivale (links), altes Männchen (Mitte), Weibchen (rechts) nach Paarung|
Rival hamster (left), old male (center), female (right) after mating
EnglishThese pics (click to enlarge) are from 5/18/2013. I was able to watch the mating rituals of European hamsters.
I watched an old male - torn ears, bite marks around his eyes, "moth-eaten" looking fur, his left front paw swollen and he walked with a bit of a limp. But when he ran after the female he was as fast as a younger hamster. Even though she looked young and healthy and cut corners faster than my entry-level DSLR...
I could watch them mate twice - she let him catch her in a corner or under a bush. Unfortunately, I didn't get any good pics of the actual mating - his wide back covered it all. When they were finished he always cleaned his private parts very thorougly. The last pic shows a younger rival checking out the situation. The old hamster can still scare the younger rivals off with a look and by taking a couple of determined steps in their direction - but I think this spring will probably be the last time he gets to pass on his genes. Make the most of it while it lasts, old man!