A week ago, I would not have thought I’d be writing this post. Nearly two weeks ago, our friend S who had been looking after Cosmo and Minty got in touch to say that she had taken Minty out of the group they were in and put him with the youngsters who were nearly ready to go to new homes (two of which we would be having anyway) as he had lost a bit of weight and had some injuries, and she thought he was being bullied. By last weekend he seemed to have an abscess coming up under his chin and he was on antibiotics and being given tasty foods to try and get some weight on; by this time he was in a cage with just the two little boys who were coming to us.
By Thursday evening he was a bit brighter and we arranged to go and collect him and his two new friends on Sunday (yesterday). Then on Friday S messaged me to let me know that she had just found him forever asleep. He was less than 7 months old and we have no idea what went wrong but having discussed it with his breeder as well as S we are agreed that he was being edged out of the older group two weeks ago because of a major health issue. S did everything possible but rats are often difficult to treat because they don’t show clear symptoms until it’s too late.
So she put Cosmo with the little boys and yesterday we went and collected the three of them. They are settling in here, Cosmo seems to remember me and is being a bit clingy and the little boys are being a bit wary. They don’t seem to want to snuggle up with Cosmo and at the moment he’s a bit lonely but I’m sure they will sort themselves out.
I took some photos yesterday when they were exploring their new cage, and some more this morning when we got them out for a few minutes’ run. Names have been assigned – the blue rex boy, who is just coming up to 11 weeks old, is Lias Bluestone (Lias for short) and the black, who’s almost 9 weeks old, is Rufus Drumknott (or just Drumknott). Discworld names, of course.
And this morning, we turfed the little ones out of the sputnik where they seemed to have spent all night, and had to give them both a wash as they were covered in wee and poo. So their bums look a bit odd in the photos as they were still a bit wet from the “bath”!.