The act of one hamster killing and eating another. Typically this occurs with mothers and their newborn pups. The reason can be to protect the other pups in the litter from starvation or dehydration if there are too many pups for the mother to actively take care of, it may aslo occur if the pup is handled by a human or other non-hamster creature before the pup matures.
Cannibalism (from Spanish , in connection with alleged cannibalism among the Caribs), also called anthropophagy (from Greek "man" and "to eat") is the act or practice of humans eating other humans. In zoology, the term cannibalism is extended to refer to any species eating members of its own kind.