Hello, it’s been a while. Things have moved on. We have had a break of about four months from having rats and are just getting going again.
So on Sunday we took on three youngsters and two adults from a breeder in Cambridgeshire. Photos so far are not great quality as I’ve been using my phone, so please excuse the out-of-focus stuff.
The adults are called Coffee Girl (because she’s coffee-coloured):
And Leggy McLegface (because she’s got a scar on her leg from a lump removal):
(They came to us named, by the way.)
The babies are Snufkin (black Berkshire dumbo):
Little My (black, top-eared):
And The Snork Maiden (mink, top-eared):
Currently I am trying to get all five into one group so they’re in a rather empty cage in the living room. It’s better than yesterday when they were all in a hamster cage, but they’re still squabbling a bit so they have to stay as they are for now. When I went out to work earlier, the adults and Snufkin were curled up in one corner:
and Little My and the Snork Maiden were in another:
(How cute is the Snork Maiden?)
When I got back from work, the Snork Maiden was by herself and the other four were all snuggled up:
and it looks as though Coffee Girl is throwing her weight around a bit. The babies seem to be submitting to her but she’s in a bit of a strop at the moment. I think she and Leggy are trying to sort out who’s boss.
Once they can settle down they’ll go in the top half of the big cage, and what they don’t know yet is I’ve bought the biggest rat wheel I could find for them:
Can’t wait to see them running around in that!