My daughter's 3 year old hamster, Petunia, died yesterday. We had a hamster funeral, in the rain. My daughter is 9 so it was traumatic for her. Fortunately I found Petunia first and was able to wrap her up in a towel before my daughter saw her laying in the cage. Having to tell your child their pet has died is not a pleasant thing to do, I earned a mom stripe. I think we are going with a rat next time.