By Eliza Berman
November 18, 2014

Mice have been used in many studies that measure the effects of tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey that’s commonly associated with post-feast drowsiness. But why should mice have all the amino acid-induced fun? This video of a hamster Thanksgiving poses a highly scientific question (what happens when tiny rodents eat tiny holiday dishes) and delivers the shocking empirical results: They nibble stuff really adorably.

The YouTube channel behind the video, HelloDenizen, has produced several riveting case studies of hamsters’ eating habits. In one video, a hamster battles competitive eating champion Takeru Kobayashi in a hot dog eating contest. In another, the balloon-cheeked rodent takes on miniature burritos while a nervous chef looks on, eager for approval.

If our portion sizes were anywhere near this small, we might not have to unbutton our pants at the table. But human-sized stomachs demand human-sized slices of pie.

Write to Eliza Berman at eliza.berman@time.com.

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