Motor races for furry friends

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HAMSTERS and gerbils will entertain the crowds when they take part in races at Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley.

The animals will use their little legs to power exercise balls which will in turn power mini cars.

The attraction already holds sheep and ferret races and also launched goat racing this summer.

The races will run every day at 12.30pm and 2.30pm throughout August.

Four hamsters or gerbils sporting different colours will line up for each race and follow a course adapted from the farm’s existing ferret racing track.

In keeping with the racing theme, they will race under names including Rodent Barrichello, Michael Chewmacher and Jenson Button-nose.