Our household has expanded from including a pair of rats to having a mischief (pack) of rats.
Son has purchased two young bucks to join his older ones and they arrived here last evening.
Meet Shadow, known as a Berkshire Rat as he is black all over.
And this is Spook, a Hooded Mink (meaning his head is mink coloured).
For now they will live in the small cage, placed beside the larger one where Templeton and Mello reside.
There was much excitement when the larger rats ‘discovered’ the younger ones.
Within a week it should be possible to introduce the younger bucks into the big cage. Both pairs have come from the same breeder (although they are not related) so there should be some smell memory present to help with bonding, although older rats are generally known to adopt and care for younger ones.
Although I am not musophobic (having an irrational fear of rodents), I have a deep-seated suspicion about rats and mice and so I refuse to handle them.
That does not stop me from appreciating the personalities and intelligence of these pet rats, who have little resemblance to the common wild rats I grew up with.
I hope everyone is enjoying a great week 😊