Justin Bieber's hamster PAC, which he was seen giving away at a concert in December of 2012, is dead, it was announced on Wednesday. When he gifted the pet to 18-year-old Tori McClure, PETA blasted him to the fragility of the animal, so the news of the animal's death may raise hackles.
McClure promised to take good care of the hamster, and she did, but PAC still died this week. However, PAC began to lose its hair about two weeks ago. She took it to the veterinarian over the weekend, but they were unable to save the rodent.
McClure said she buried PAC by a tree in her backyard, adding,
It's very peaceful there.
When PETA harangued Bieber's actions, it said:
Hamsters are fragile creatures that "often succumb quickly to illness and death ... The moment that hamster was handed off to a screaming girl in a harsh, frenzied environment was likely the moment it gazed at the short path to its doom.
It's unclear if that's what happened, or if the hamster simply reached its lifespan. According to Wikipedia,
Syrian hamsters typically live no more than two to three years in captivity, and less in the wild. Russian hamsters (Campbell's and Djungarian) live about two to four years in captivity, and Chinese hamsters 2.5-3.0 yr. The smaller Roborovski hamster often lives to three years in captivity.