A pet owner, who was devastated by the death of her hamster and flew across the world to scatter his ashes, has found a new furry companion who ‘loves Italy.’
Lisa Murray-Lang, 46, spent £3,500 to take her Syrian hamster, Spud, to Hawaii, after he died at the grand old age of three years and seven months last March.
The animal lover wanted to give him a proper send-off and chose Waikiki, Honolulu, to visit the beach she used as inspiration for his favourite ‘getaway.’
Appearing on Thursday’s This Morning, Lisa reflected on Spud’s exotic funeral with hosts Holly Willoughby, 42, and Phillip Schofield, 60, and introduced her new pal.
Lisa is now a hamster mum to Begbie, who has got a taste for La Dolce Vita and is apparently obsessed with all things Italian.
The Wylde Moon founder said: ‘You’ve continued this now, he is exploring the world, but you know his favourite is Italy.
‘Apart from the fact we’ve just seen him tucking into a bowl of pasta, how do you know that he loves Italy?
‘I remember reading what hamsters do like to eat and I thought, “Oh, I’ll just check him out and see if he likes it and that was it I couldn’t stop him.”
Begbie was seen scuttling around his Italy-themed home, which was complete with a backdrop of Rome’s Colosseum, a bowl of pasta, and a mini cut-out of Gino D’Acampo.
Remarking he was ‘so cute’, Holly also joked that from the back, Begbie resembled Phillip’s hair.
Phil asked: ‘So what’s his personality as he’s still a little bit shy?’
‘He’s still a little bit shy, But he’s definitely coming round. he’s completely different to Spud but also quite similar in a lot of ways as well.
‘They are two completely different personalities. But he is a real showman.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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