Is a hamster not entitled to the seeds in his cheeks? No, says the person in Washington, it belongs to the poor. To the person within the Vatican, it belongs to God. Novelist, YouTuber and undersea exploration fanatic Alex Beyman rejected these solutions.
Beyman selected one thing totally different. He selected Hampture.
We noticed Beyman’s undersea rodent utopia on Twitter earlier at present, the place he defiantly responded to a Vox article claiming they’re going to “by no means take [his] aqua hams”. That is a hell of a line, accompanied by a photograph of two submerged enclosures dolled as much as seem like Bioshock’s undersea metropolis—full with phasmid dispensers and acceptable neon indicators.
Additional digging reveals that Beyman’s been engaged on placing collectively this elaborate enclosure for nearly a decade, posting common updates on YouTube and infrequently working stay Twitch “Hamcams”. For now, the enclosure at the moment consists of two sealed rooms related by a pipe, however Beyman has grand plans for his libertarian hamster nightmare.
“Sooner or later I awoke with the inexplicable need to construct underwater hamster cities,” Beyman writes on his Patreon. “However underwater dwelling house is pricey, even when scaled down, so I’ve needed to begin small. With enough funding, the habitats will grow to be bigger and extra elaborate.”
Sticking pet hamsters right into a cramped, selfmade undersea enclosure does, in fact, increase questions of animal security. The pets may not must content material with splicers or turrets, however critics have identified that the enclosures are too cramped for the animals, missing in the appropriate toys and parts to maintain the hamsters stimulated.
Beyman stresses that this is not the hamsters’ everlasting residence, usually dwelling in a extra conventional enclosure. Hampture itself reportedly has quite a few alarms and failsafes in case of leaks or depressurisation and is barely used for brief intervals (although seems has been used for as much as a month in some instances).
Moreover rising the scope of Hampture, Beyman’s stretch targets recommend making a hamster submersible, a time capsule to “confuse future archaeologists” with the entire lore of Hampture, and eventual plans to create a small, Human-scale underwater enclosure for patrons to return go to.
Maybe mercifully, his precise Rapture is barely 11% in the direction of actuality. Within the meantime, we’ll must make do with Hampture. Maybe he’ll add a foyer greeting new rodents with the portent: “No gods or kings, solely Hams.”