A hamster at the centre of a cash-for-travel row has been awarded a free travel pass, it was announced yesterday. The 10-year-old owner of Nibbles, Jordan Underwood, was stunned when a bus driver demanded that he pay an additional 10p on top of his own 55p fare to take his pet on a bus ride into Northampton town centre.
The bus company First Northampton apologised to the pair for the top-up charge yesterday, awarding Jordan free bus travel for a month and giving Nibbles his own lifetime travel pass.
The pair were then given a trip around the town on one of the company's buses, which carried a sign reading "The Hamster Special".
Austin Birks, a spokesman for the company, apologised to the pair and thanked them for drawing attention to a gap in the firm's travel policy.
He said: "We realised we had no policy for hamster travel so we have released the first ever guidelines for hamsters using our buses.
"First, hamsters are encouraged to travel free of charge on any of our services, preferably accompanied by a fee-paying human.
"Second, young hamsters will be asked to give up their seat to an elderly or infirm hamster.
"Thirdly, we request that hamsters do not use mobile telephones or Walkmans while travelling on our buses for the comfort and convenience of other hamsters."
Jordan, from King's Heath, Northampton, said he was pleased with the firm's gifts but felt Nibbles was still not satisfied. He said: "I think they should do something more. They could buy him a bigger cage or a wheel.
"If they don't know where to buy him those things, then they can send me the money and I'll buy them for him."
In this morning program called GM TV (Good morning Britain) They showed one of the Tabloid newspapers where a picture of a model wearing a coat, the horrific fact about this coat was that the lining was made of....Hamsters. It was made in Scotland and the hamsters were imported from Austria.
How sick is that? Worse still it was actually the lining of the coat and the worst thing was that the hamsters were left whole so you could see the shape of the hamsters.
The company who made the coat is House of Bruar store
With all my army, I have quite a verirty of cages. The worse cage I have is a CT3, this a pain to clean and badly made. The best cages I have are the Ferplast mini Duna and the standard 3 tier cage with solid levels. I will take some pictures if you like?