An Oxfordshire family was "flabbergasted" to learn that their dead hamster Rhino was spotted running around the yard after returning to life and digging himself out of a two-foot grave.

"It's impossible - our hamster is dead," Dave Eyley told a neighbor who called to tell him Rhino had escaped. Indeed, the Eyleys had buried their pet the previous day, after he was found "cold and lifeless" inside his cage. "He had rigor mortis when I buried him - and now he's running about," said Dave.

The family has since renamed their resurrected rodent Jesus. Adds Dave: "He's a plucky little soul and seems unaffected by being dead and buried."

I'd sleep with one eye open if I were an Eyley.

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