Some of you will already have noticed this, but I did, in fact, change the name of the blog over the weekend. “Crafting Jen” is now “Of Rats And Jen”. The crafting will still be here on occasion, but really, it’s been all about the rats for a while, hasn’t it?
I promised new photos of the babies last week. Since then, Gryphon and I have been experiencing a bit of a life-quake – reality shaking us up and making us a bit unsteady on our feet – so I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Let’s see what I’ve got in the photo album, though.
I should warn you that I took these pictures last Thursday, and the babies are growing even faster than you can imagine. Net-Net herself is so petite for an adult rat, and the babies have gotten so big, when they gather to nurse their combined mass must be at least three times her own. It’s quite a sight, and it’s always accompanied by massive squealing as they jockey for position.
At this point, I’m very happy to announce that all but two of the babies have been spoken for! Only Norton and Ralph remain. I have no doubts that they’ll find a good home, too – they are both affectionate, quiet ratlets who are already into the male rat trait of sleeping hearty!
The Snooze Pile
That’s Ralph sacked out on his back, paws in the air, with his brothers Norton and Ricky snuggled close. The unidentified female in this shot may be Ethel – she’s got darker eyes than the other beige girls.
Alice is quite a snuggle bunny, always the first to climb into your hand.
The beige ratlets all have pink or red eyes. Ethel and Norton are the only two who have a single white stripe on their chests, and they both have the darker eye color.
Norton is enjoying odd places to sleep all by himself. We give them some fruits and vegetables every day in a small plastic crock, and after it’s empty, Norton can usually be found curled up in it. Or maybe he just wants to be first when second helpings come around?
Ralph has a naturally chunky build, accentuated by his curly rex fur.
Ricky is a great explorer and first to investigage anything new. He’s being adopted by a woman in Maine as a companion for her boy who recently lost his cage-mate.
Lucy seems shy here, but she’s as outgoing as the rest. She accidentally made it to the floor the other day (and was quickly rescued), but I think she liked it, because she jumped off my hand again Monday wanting to explore.
Laura was named for Laura Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke show. The character, like Mary Tyler Moore who played her, was a dancer, and was sometimes seen performing or rehearsing in a black leotard and tights, sometimes with white gloves. Our Laura looks here like she’s practicing her own dance steps.
Harriet (in mug) and Trixie
Harriet and Trixie are two of a kind, but can be told apart by the shades of their fur. Trixie is a bit darker, both in the beige main color and the paler underbellies.
What’s Next for the Nest?
The foster counselors at Mainely Rat Rescue say I’m doing so well with the babies that Net-Net, the mother, can go home to her owner this coming weekend. Rebekah, if you see this message, please contact me – I’d like to collect her carrier from you so we don’t have to transfer her between cages when we meet.
The boys will be going to a new foster home this week. In another week, Ricky will move on to his forever home. So will Ralph and Norton, if they’ve been spoken for. But they’re such sweethearts, how could they not? If you think you’d like to adopt them, and you’re in the New England area, drop by Net-Net’s Nest at MRR and apply.
The girls are all spoken for, but will stay with me one more week for further socialization and to be sure they’ve weaned well. We’ll miss them when they go – I can’t tell you how close we came to adopting Alice and Ethel ourselves – but I’m very happy that Mainely Rat Rescue has found such promising situations for them.