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Meet the New Girls

Filed under: Rats! — folkcat at 8:25 pm on Wednesday, July 23, 2008

They arrived home about 7 p.m. tonight…please meet Laurel and Lily!

Laurel (brunette) and Lily (blonde)
L. to R.: Laurel and Lily

Laurel is an agouti berkshire. Agouti means her coloring is very similar to wild rats, a mix of flecks of brown and black. Berkshire means she has color all over her body, except for a white belly and feet. Some berkshires also have a white tail tip – Laurel does not.

Lily is a beige hooded. As you can see, her coloring is mainly on the head and shoulders, with a broken stripe partway down her back.

For reference to the rest of the brood, Leo is also hooded, and Lola and Yuri are both berkshires.

All these pictures were taken within about a half hour of the girls arriving home. In that time, they began:

Exploring the boundaries:

Lily says, “How far down is down, do you think?”

Learning new tricks:

Lily is already an adept at “walking the arm bridge”

Discovering new hidey-holes:

Laurel Explores the Tissue Box

Laurel took an early shine to the tissue box.

Inciting interest among the previous residents:

Yuri and Leo Look On with Interest

Do I smell – more girls?

Not pictured, but also in evidence very quickly – Lola spent time in the top of their cage, staring in the direction of the new girls and pacing. Then she curled up in her hammock and very pointedly did NOT look in their direction for a while. Jealous much? I’m sure she’ll get over it once the initial shock is past.

Both Lily and Laurel used the arm bridge to come out and crawl all over my shoulders. Lily has already made attempts at cleaning my ears. Both girls spent time tunneling under my shirt.

I have to say, these girls are obviously very well socialized already. They were not nervous in the ride home in the carrier – there was nary a poop in evidence when I took them out. They have eagerly come to get my attention every time I come near the cage, and run to the door and your hands when you reach in. And no poops of nervousness while being handled, either.

Kudos to Mainely Rat Rescue for coming through with another pair of adorable, healthy, friendly Ratties! If you’re anywhere in New England and are thinking of bringing rats into your family, I highly recommend them. They are very supportive of the rats and those who adopt them – they want to make successful matches, after all! Personal thanks to Kim, who not only swiftly approved us to adopt again (we got Leo and Yuri from them in January), but talked us into taking not just one, but two of the girls. I don’t think we’re going to regret it a bit, Kim!


Comment by Carrie K

July 23, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

Oh they’re so cute! And it’s nice that they were so well raised.

Lola in a snit. LOL.

Comment by Carol

July 23, 2008 @ 9:54 pm

They are adorable! And they are sociable already. That bodes well. Temperament is so important. Yay!

Comment by Claudia Dunitz

July 23, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

YAY – they’re GORGEOUS! And adorable. And so darn cute. I know they’ve found a loving home with you and I hope they bring you much happiness.

And YES – we did enjoy the dance lessons very much. Sorry it took me so long to reply, I had my computer die on me, and I just now checked my Typepad acct. For some reason, your comment never came through as an email. Sheesh.

Comment by FemaleWriter

July 23, 2008 @ 11:46 pm

BABIES!!!! They are so cute when they’re young.

Leo and Yuri seem very interested. Their focus reminds me of how my old trio reacted when I brought home BB and BJ (May 2005). I had the babies in a small carrier and the old trio ended up in a tug of war over the babies (both with the carrier and without the carrier). So you might want to make sure the older rats don’t show too much interest in the babies when you first introduce them.

Anyway, Laurel and Lily are beautiful babies. Congrats on your new ratlets! 🙂

Take Care!


Comment by Elizabeth Delisi

July 24, 2008 @ 8:54 am

So cute! Sounds like they’re fitting right in already…though Lola will have to adapt! I’m sure she will in time. Glad they’re safely home with you.


Comment by Carol

July 27, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

Okay, it’s been 3 whole days since this post. I need an update! How are the newly expanded Rattie family doing? Pics would be nice. (sly wink)

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