UK woman flies 7,000 miles to Hawaii to scatter pet hamster’s ashes

Lisa Murray-Lang and her hamster Spud. (Photo credit: Lisa Murray-Lang) Panoramic view of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu, Hawaii as seen from the top of Diamond Head Crater on February 20, 2022. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SLIM/AFP vi

Lisa Murray-Lang could only think of one place to say goodbye to her hamster, Spud.

Even if that meant boarding a plane and flying more than 7,000 miles around the world.

Murray-Lang, who lives in Birmingham, UK, traveled to Waikiki Beach, Hawaii last Friday to distribute Spud’s ashes.

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The pet owner said she came up with the idea during the COVID-19 lockdown. She would create makeshift cardboard kits for Spud to “travel”. One of these sets was based on Hawaii, complete with miniature plastic palm trees and lounge chairs.

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Some places Spud has ‘travelled’ to during the COVID-19 lockdown. (Lisa Murray Lang)

She has also recreated various UK landmarks including the fictional Hogwarts University ‘Hamwarts’ from the Harry Potter film/book series.

“One of his favorite adventures was Hawaii,” she told FOX Television Stations. “He loved the sun and the sand! We were surrounded by 4 feet of snow so it cheered us all up!”

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She then decided to make the trip a reality to pay her last respects.

During the ceremony in Hawaii, Murray-Lang said she played Beyonce’s “I Was Here” and wrote his name in what was said.

“I’m sure he’s happy in paradise, rolling in the sand,” she continued. “I kept some of his ashes in a necklace urn so he will always be with me.”

Murray-Lang said she had Spud six months before the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.

She said when he died he was three years and seven months old, which is approximately 138 human years. She said the average age of a hamster is two and a half years.

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“He was incredible!” she continued. “In a very dark and scary time, he brought some sunlight and laughter. Not just for me, but because of the internet all over the world!”

But then Spud died of old age in March 2022.

Murray-Lang said her favorite memory is “how he gave me a purpose and a reason to get up one morning when my work as a freelance pet sitter stopped! It was a very scary and scary time!”

This story was reported from Los Angeles.


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