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The Folkcat & Gryphon Home for Wayward Teen Ratgirls

Filed under: Mainely Rat Rescue,Rats! — folkcat at 3:38 pm on Saturday, December 27, 2008


This is the face of teen pregnancy.

Say “Hello!” to Brynn. At best guess, she’s all of about 3 months old. Maybe a little more. Since rats aren’t considered fully mature until they’re around 6 months old, that makes Brynn a teenager.

Brynn and her sisters had a dalliance with a boy, and all three wound up pregnant. They’re babies having babies. MRR asked us to step in and foster one of the moms, and raise the litter.

That’s how Brynn wound up coming home with us last night. She’s set up in a little cage of her own, right near the Seven Little Ratties and their castle. Everyone can see each other, and there’s been much hovering at the nearest cage walls and staring. I think it’s actually comforting to Brynn to have other rats nearby, since her short life has mainly been spent in the company of her sisters. With her pregnancy, she’s suddenly been thrown into relative isolation.

Unlike our previous foster mom, Net-Net, Brynn is turning out to be an absolutely friendly, social, darling. Within minutes of arriving home, she had already been out on my shoulder. By the end of the first evening, she had given me the ultimate sign of Rattie approval – she peed on my arm. Either that, or she wanted to make sure she could find her way back down to the cage. I’ll take either one.

Today, she voluntarily comes out of the cage for skritches and snuggles, and she doesn’t squabble at all if we reach in and pick her up. This promises to be a very different experience. Plus, we get to see it complete, from before the arrival of the babies. And you get to come along for the ride!

Brynn is due any day now. We don’t have an exact date for when she conceived, and rat pregnancies last about 3 weeks. She and her sisters did have their bellies get visibly large last Monday, which is usually a sign that we’re getting close. So far, though, she’s holding the babies in. I think we may have a few more days, she hasn’t even started building a nest from the paper towels in her cage yet.



Comment by Carol

December 28, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

She is so cute! Glad she is friendly. After the last biting set, I think you are due for some snuggy rattie visiting luv! Hope the delivery goes well. Hs she had them yet?

How about now?

::tap tap tap::

Comment by sara

December 28, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

Wayward teen ratgirls! I love it…and “this is the face of teen pregnacy! Too cute…

She is adorable. I wonder how big the babies will be? I’ve never seen baby rats…this is cool

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