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Meet the Babies!

Filed under: Mainely Rat Rescue,Rats! — folkcat at 4:11 pm on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Here they are – just about nine hours old!

Eight healthy, squeaky little eepers total. The first arrived at 3:32 a.m. The last, a little under 2 hours later.

No guess as to genders yet. The differences are extremely subtle at this age, and Gryphon and I don’t have trained eyes for it yet.

All have light colored eyes, which hints that they will all be beige, with no idea of what their markings will be yet. A full litter of blondes, just like Mom & Dad!

Brynn is doing well. She’s lively and eager for attention again this morning, and has even let us take her out of the cage for brief snuggles. She is comfortable with us reaching into the cage, and even poking gently around the nest.

We obviously acclimated her well to our presence before the babies arrived. In fact, she is so comfortable here that she refused to nest in the little hut, instead preferring to build her paper pile out in the open. We’ve taken the hut out altogether now to make room in the cage – we can always add it back later if she seems to need it.

Brynn is a good mother. She handled the birth like a pro, and is very attentive to the needs of the babes. To see that, and still have the mother affectionate and eager for attention from humans, is pretty astonishing.

I did get some video during the birth, but I have yet to have time to look at the footage and see if it shows anything worth sharing. I’ll be sure to post it if it’s good.

And here’s your parting shot – Brynn and some of the babies, during the middle of the process last night. Mom took every chance she could to collapse, exhausted, and rest up for the next arrival.

Brynn Baby Watch, Over – Brynn Baby Watching, Begun!

4 Comments

Comment by sarebear

December 30, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

Awwwwwwwww!!! DD says OH theyre so CUUuuuuute!!! I say, ditto!!!

Comment by sara

December 30, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

How cute!!! Poor thing she was in labor for two hours!!!

Comment by Riohnna

December 30, 2008 @ 8:31 pm

They are SO adorable!

Comment by laughingrat

January 6, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

Eeee, so many babies!

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