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George Osborne Really Wants You To Keep Your Hamster In The Bath

04/07/2014 09:47 BST | Updated 04/07/2014 09:59 BST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is interviewed by readers of 'First News', a national newspaper for children and teenagers, on July 2, 2014 in London, England. Six children are posing questions to Mr Osborne as part of the 'First News Hot Seat' series of interviews, which are also being broadcast on Sky News television and LBC radio. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Hamster on the loose? George Osborne has the perfect advice, get them into your bath.

The Chancellor gave out his home-spun wisdom on reining in a renegade rodent, telling Sky News: "The bath is a good place to put a hamster as they can't get out at the sides."

This pearl was immortalised by Twitter user Tom Hamilton, who dared users to share the advice "if you think the world needs to know about this".

Osborne offered the advice when talking to a panel of young people from First News and the Sky Academy, which also saw the chancellor forced to dodge a 7 x 8 maths question.

Osborne admitted he had a "bit of a zoo" in his flat, which is on the top floor of 10 Downing Street, revealing that the family have a hamster, a cat, a budgie and a dog.

"The other day the hamster disappeared from the cage. It broke out of the cage and completely disappeared," he said.

"Me and my family were terrified this hamster was going to start appearing in press conferences with the Prime Minister, or maybe when Barack Obama visits suddenly the hamster would run across the room.

"So we spent about two weeks searching for this hamster, and then finally our cat Freya found the hamster.

"Now normally it's a bad thing when a cat finds a hamster. But the hamster had got its way all the way down to the basement, so down three storeys in Downing Street.

"The cat was meowing at an electricity box, which is also a dangerous place for the hamster to be. Someone opened the box and there was our hamster, and now safely back at the top of Downing Street, back in her cage.

"She occasionally gets out and plays in the bath - the empty bath. The bath is a good place to put a hamster as they can't get out at the sides."