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World Rat Day 2014

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From me and my four furries, Happy World Rat Day everyone! ūüėÄ

Happy World Rat Day!

Happy World Rat Day!

To celebrate the joy of owning rats, I’ll be treating Moon, Knight, Mishka and Vodka to some salmon today. That’s always fun¬†ūüôā

I also want to take a¬†moment to say that you’ll probably be hearing less from me for a while, or at least between now and the end of May. Ninja and I are in the process of moving house, and as everyone who’s done it knows ‚Ästit’s chaos!

If I do get a chance to shoot off some quick posts I will, but otherwise please bear with me as I make this transition. I’m sure once it’s all behind us and we’ve settled in, I’ll have plenty¬†new stories and pictures to share.¬†Besides, many of the goals I’ve set for myself can only really come alive once we’re in our new home, so that should kick off an exciting new season for us!

Until then, keep well and keep¬†smiling ūüôā

Zest

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

~ Anthony J. D’Angelo ~

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World Rat Day 2013

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It’s World Rat Day! Time to¬†spare a thought¬†for these intelligent,¬†adorable and¬†badly misunderstood¬†creatures.

Rat meme courtesy of Ratanooga.co.za

I’m counting¬†celebrating today as part of Goal #78 on my 101 things in 1001 days¬†‚Äď celebrate five obscure holidays. Except that, of course, celebrating pet¬†ratties is hardly¬†unusual for an owner-slave like me ūüôā

Rat owner meme courtesy of Ratanooga.co.za

Rat owner meme courtesy of Ratanooga.co.za

Some fun rat facts you may not have known:

  • Pet rats or fancy rats¬†come¬†with a range of coat types and a wide variety of coat colours.
  • The collective noun for a bunch of rats is a ‘mischief’.
  • Some rats have large, low-set ears called dumbo ears ‚Äď which¬†really adds to their ‘squeeeee!’ factor ūüėČ
  • Rats in general have very bad eyesight,¬†while¬†pink- and ruby-eyed rats¬†can barely see more than a blur.
  • Pet rats are very clean creatures, conscientiously grooming themselves and others (and even their humans!) throughout the day.
  • Ratties can’t burp, but they do get the funniest squeaky hiccups sometimes ūüėÄ
  • These rodents can collapse their ribcages if needed, to squeeze through spaces much smaller than you’d imagine possible!
  • Rats use their long, scaly¬†tails (which for some reason¬†many people¬†seem to find gross) as a cooling system, because they don’t sweat. Makes me wonder how¬†the bred-to-be-tailless¬†rats cope in the heat…
  • Rats use their sweet little hands, which don’t have any thumbs, to¬†grip¬†food and scoop water.¬†And apparently researchers have found that most rats are right handed.

If you haven’t yet acknowledged the cute side of rats, here are some of the¬†most adorable¬†pics of our present and past rat babies (all pics courtesy of their respective breeders)…

Our current girls Flea and Coffee looked like this at eight days old:

Baby Flea

Baby Flea

Coffee as a bub

Coffee as a bub

When their eyes open they become even cuter! Here are the girls with two of their other sisters. Flea is the tiny black one, of course, and Coffee is the girl on the far right.

Tiny girls ready to explore

The breeder of our previous boys, Scribble and Muesli, also sent us a few pre-purchase pics so we could choose our rats:

Two weeks old

Two weeks old

Four-week-old nunus

Four-week-old nunus

From these pics it’s tough to not to fall in love with pet rats and recognise that they can be¬†just as¬†beautiful and lovable as any kitten or puppy.

But if you’re still not convinced, allow me to introduce you to the heroine of rat lovers everywhere: Ellen van Deelen.

Grab a cup of tea, make sure no one is around to hear your inevitable¬†‘Awwww!‘s, and¬†check out her rat photos here.

Ellen’s incredible pictures shoot straight to the heart of what it means to love a rat. She shows them in anthropomorphic but natural¬†poses with a variety of bite-sized props, and captures their expressions and personalities perfectly.

Resistance is futile ūüôā