Threatened Hamsters Land France in Court
EU aims to force French to save rodent of Alsace
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2009 3:27 AM CDT
The Alsace hamster has been almost completely wiped out by rat poison, traps and farmers flooding its burrows.   (Wikipedia)

(Newser) – Indifference to the great hamster of Alsace has landed France in hot water with the European Union, the Telegraph reports. Fewer than 200 of the distinctive black-bellied rodents remain. EU officials, charging that France has refused all attempts to protect the tiny animal, are taking the nation to Europe's highest court in a bid to force France to save the hamster.