Construction on bypass in Bavaria stopped to let hamster sleep
A field hamster has chosen a building site in Euerbach in Bavaria to be its winter hibernation spot. Although a seemingly harmless occurrence, this means that building of a bypass has to be delayed until next spring.
The building of a bypass and a roundabout was meant to commence at the start of Autumn die Welt reports, but because the hamster found living on the building site is endangered, construction had to be postponed until late April or even May.
According to Germany's 'Red List', field hamsters, or 'cricetus cricetus', are considered endangered in Bavaria and critically endangered in Germany, and therefore killing the hamster or destroying its habitat would have criminal consequences.
Field hamsters are more common in the region of Schweinfurt where Euerbach is located, as the soil there is especially good.