After meeting up, Hansen and Børstad traveled together with the rescued rodent to a local pet store affiliated with Animal Protection Norway. But rather than learn someone had been looking for the lost pet, they discovered something quite surprising.

The creature Hansen had found wasn’t a pet at all.

The store employee recognized immediately that the rescued “hamster” in Hansen’s hand was actually a Norway lemming — a species of wild rodent who, in reality, needed no help from him at all.

(But in Hansen’s defense, they do look an awful lot like domestic hamsters.)

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