Mom gave us all a long break from any babies recently. A few of the older rats weren't doing well and she wanted to focus on their comfort, which meant less time for socializing babies. We said goodbye to Baxter and most recently Katie, but Zombie recovered and is back to her usual playful self now. We also said adios to some of the rescued rats and a few rats that weren't going to be used in the program anymore. They went to great homes! Now we have two completely empty cages and lots of love and time to share with new babies and new rescues. We recently took in a nervous little girl that mom calls Nellie. She's so pretty and shiny and FAST!! Mom doesn't bother her much and just lets her keep to herself, which is exactly what she wants.
One of the most exciting bits of news from the rattery is mom's new project. One of her most favorite ratty markings is when a rat has belly spots. She says it gives her sweet spots to kissy kiss. Since she likes them so much she has started to actively replicate them, especially multiple and large spots (think down under, but not as dramatic). She is on her second generation and the Mario litter is a test run. It's gonna give her the information to begin to tell if the spots need both parents to have belly spotting or if just one needs the good spots for it to show up. Lu Lu has the spots, but Mordecai does not.
That's all I have time for at the moment! If you have any fun questions for any of the rats, post them in the comments and the next post will have your answers. Much love to my fellow rats and their human servants!
Hugs and Kisses,