WDIV - A 12-year-old inventor is getting a patent for a game she invented three years ago with the help of the family pet.

Alyssa Reiter said it was less of an idea spinning around her head and more of a creative accident.

"My hamster was rolling on the ground, and these chew sticks were there, and he knocked them over so I called it Hamster Bowling," she said. "There's a lot of steps to getting your patent and it takes a long time. But mine is getting issued May 7."

The game features a lane with guided bumpers and an arrangement of chew sticks, which the hamster is supposed to knock over while in its ball.

Reiter hopes that a pet store will eventually start distributing the game.

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