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A bundle of brothers

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Only two weeks to go until we bring our new ratties home! ūüėÄ

The breeder has now placed all our boys together, so there won’t be any intros for us to worry about when they arrive. As far as they’re concerned, they’re all¬†brothers now ūüôā

Here are a few of the latest pics (all courtesy of Wheatfields Rattery of course, though I didn’t get a chance to watermark them).

From left: Vodka, Moon, Mishka (standing) and Knight.

Vodka, Moon, Mishka and Knight

Some curiosity from Vodka. And you can¬†see Mishka’s widely spaced dumbo ears here as he grooms.

Boys 2

The breeder explained that the ratties are a blur of activity at this age. I love their inquisitive little faces and interest in their world. Here you can see Moon’s almost ‘piebald’¬†markings.

Boys 3

Knight looks a lot like Flea, but there’s no mistaking that teeny white chin!¬†*melt*

Boys 4

It’s cute how long and stretchy-looking the ratties are¬†at this age. Their colourings and markings are also¬†showing clearly now, and it will be interesting to see¬†whether they fade or change over time.

Boys 5

I can’t wait to meet these cuties!!! We’ve been stocking up on plenty interesting toys and cage treats for them, which I hope to post about soon…

Also, our old Flea is doing fairly well. Her hind leg degeneration (HLD) is more pronounced now, but she’s still up and about each day. I enjoyed a lovely nap with her the other evening; a warm soft ball of elderly pet rat, bruxing with happiness as she fell asleep by me. Ninja and I are giving her loads of affection, knowing that each day is a chance to appreciate our old girl.

She struggles to eat hard foods now, so I cook or mash up most of her food, which¬†she then¬†devours. The other day I made her some peas, but had to shell and soften them for her as her little hands don’t grip things¬†as well as they used to. Next weekend will be her 2nd birthday (the equivalent of her 60th in human years); Lord willing I¬†can throw her a little party with special¬†treats and lots of love¬†ūüôā

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Meet the parents…

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As you may have guessed, our new rats are not just ‘any old rodents’ :mrgreen:

They’re Wheatfields bubs, sourced from one of the best-loved pedigreed-rat breeders in South Africa. And¬†I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Among the members of our lively¬†South African rat club, Wheatfields Rattery is known for raising beautiful, healthy and exceptionally well-socialised fancy rats. Everyone speaks fondly of their ‘WF kids’.¬†Our first male pet rats, Scribble and Muesli, were Wheatfields boys too.

So it’s with that as a backdrop that I present to you the parents of our new furballs… *drumroll please*

Litter 1

This beautiful boy is¬†Count Fleet, dad to the¬†kittens of Litter 1. He’s a handsome black roan badger husky, with those huge dumbo ears that I’ve been longing to see in in a rat of my own ūüôā

WF Count Fleet

WF Count Fleet

Count Fleet was mated to this gentle-looking Russian Blue striped roan girl, who has standard ears. Her name is¬†Salvia, and isn’t she stunning? I’m a big fan of that soft¬†silvery-blue colouring.

WF Salvia

Litter 2

You’d be forgiven for thinking it, but no, this isn’t our current¬†girl Flea!

Meet¬†Salix, the father of Litter 2. He’s a fine¬†glossy¬†black Berkshire gentleman with standard ears, and apparently a lovely personality to match.

WF Salix

WF Salix

And last but not least, this pretty lass is Juniper. She’s a black striped roan, also with standard ears, and mom to the bubs of Litter 2. That little round tummy of hers is just begging to be kissed! ūüėČ

WF Juniper

WF Juniper

With such a varied lineage¬†it was anyone’s guess as to¬†what would turn up in the litters, but when we saw the resulting boys, we were smitten…

Stay tuned for the next installment: choosing and booking the boys! ūüėÄ