Horrified Katie Piper has been left rattled after her daughter’s hamster was eaten by it’s companion.
The 37-year-old telly star was sickened to discovered the mangled remains of six-year-old Bella’s pet Digit while searching the cage for the apparently missing rodent.
Katie had checked on Bella’s furry pals with husband Richard Sutton before going to bed, but they soon realised one was missing.
On closer inspection, the mother-of-two found that Digit’s half-eaten remains, being chewed upon by her other hamster Lala.
Shaken, she explained in a video on Instagram : “So we are just about to go to bed and we think we’ve made a bit of a grim discovery don’t we?”
Richard replied: “Yeah.”
Katie asked him: “What do you think has happened?”
And her husband added: “I think one of our little companions, hamsters, has died I think.”
Katie went on: “Every night they come out for their food in a pair and tonight one is missing. So basically obviously they are nocturnal. They would normally both be out by now.
“We just shook the packet of food and they would both normally come running out. And only one came.”
She captioned one of her videos: “Don’t fancy telling the kids tomorrow morning before homeschooling. So we are about to take the surviving one out and search through the sawdust.”
The telly personality played Celine Dion’s All By Myself while filming the surviving hamster before rummaging thought the cage for little Digit.
She went on: “We are shocked.
“It’s slightly worse than we thought. Belle’s hamster is dead and we have found his remains because the other hamster has eaten him.
“Just Googled it and that is a thing, they are not vegetarians they are cannibals.”
A terrorised Richard added: “Gutted.”
Katie bought Lala and Digit for her daughters Belle, six and Penelope, three, after the first coronavirus lockdown lifted.
She took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to give fans an update on “Hamster Gate” and to reveal what she was planning on telling little Belle about what had happened to her furry friend.
Katie wrote: “Lots of DMs asking for hamster gate update.
“Have put the hamster remains (fur and bones) in a Jo Malone box in the garage.
“My husband goes to work still and I am home schooling alone so am not going to tell Belle until the evening time.
“Going with the line of he passed away in his sleep due to old age rather than his best friend murdered and ate him.
“Then will give her option to bury box in garden.”