30/05/2012 12:18 BST | Updated 30/05/2012 12:26 BST

Hamster Plays Dead: Adorable Pet Gives Oscar Winning Performance In YouTube Clip

This hamster may look like its life hangs by a whisker, but it is understood that no pets were harmed in the making of this video.

The clever rodent above is faking its injury, and in what could be an Oscar-winning performance, rolls over and plays dead.

The clip, which has had nearly half a million hits on YouTube, hams up the drama.

Despite featuring just a finger and a hamster, this could be a chilling standoff between two cowboys.


Squaring up: When finger versus hamster who will prevail?

Slowly a menacing digit looms in the corner of the clip, creeping its way towards its adversary.

Boom! The inevitable bullet-shot rings out and on cue, the hamster, dubbed Arnold Hamsternegger by viewers of the clip, rolls onto his side.

With acting skills like these, some have named the cute critter "Scarlett Yohamster" or "Jean Claude Van Hamster."

Others commented: "This is no hamster, this is a hamSTAR."