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Three Weeks Tomorrow, and Almost Like Real Rats

Filed under: Mainely Rat Rescue,Rats! — folkcat at 3:35 pm on Monday, January 19, 2009

It’s astonishing to remember that, three weeks ago tomorrow, these little kids were brand-new, pink, grub-like wrigglers.

Today, they really look and act like little rats!

They’ve developed a fondness for nesting inside a tissue box.

Didn’t see their backs to say who’s who, but the different colored baby in the center is probably Champagne.

They come running excitedly to the door when it opens, because they want to see what good stuff it means.

Again, can’t identify anyone without seeing their backs!

And when a hand is offered, they climb right on, looking for people time.

Here we have Asti way out front looking up at me.

Mom Brynn, who is little more than a child herself (only around 4 months old now), has found that the kids have grown enough to play with. This morning I observed a lively game of tag on the bottom level of the cage, Brynn and three babies chasing each other around. Eventually, Brynn decided the game was over, grabbed a baby, and carried them to the top floor, with the remaining two kids running close behind her.

So, how do I know it was a game of tag, and not just Mom saying, “Get yourselves back home, now!”?

Because as often as Brynn was running after babies, hopping and popping as much as the little ones were – as often as she was the chaser, she turned around and ran the other direction, and let them chase her.

Given how much she seems to miss the siblings she grew up with, I am so glad she’s starting to find her own babies can be suitable friends and playmates!

Adoption Update

Within 24 hours of my last post, the first time you all got to see the babies’ little faces staring lovingly at you, five – yes, five – of the little ones had been spoken for. Not only that, but Brynn herself is going to be adopted along with a pair of her daughters. Out of the nine fosters, then, two-thirds – six of them – are already destined for forever homes.

Who’s gone, and who’s left? Asti and Korbel will be going to a couple in a nearby city. The babies were born on their wedding anniversary, and they loved the way the sparkling wine names add to the celebration!

Tattinger will be adopted along with one of his first cousins, who was born about two days earlier than he was to Brynn’s sister, Winter.

Brynn, and her daughters Champagne and Clairette, have found a home in another New Hampshire city. They will be first rats for this couple, and I can tell by my correspondence with them that they are well prepared and greatly excited about becoming owned by rats.

That just leaves one boy – Dom – and two girls, Perignon and Chardonnay. I have a feeling they’ll find places pretty quickly, though!

If you, or anyone you know, is interested, you know what to do – hop on over to the Mainely Rat Rescue website and fill out an adoption application!


Comment by Carrie K

January 19, 2009 @ 6:05 pm

They are so cute!!!

Comment by christina

January 19, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

Wow, they are growing so fast! They’re cute little toddlers.

Comment by Leesa

January 19, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

What a great job you’re doing with this litter! I’ve enjoyed watching them grow up before my eyes. They are all so friendly and adorable. How wonderful that so many are already spoken for… no doubt because of all the detailed descriptions and photos you’ve taken the time to share. MRR is lucky to have your help! Give the foster cuties and residents all a little scritch from me. (That’s a lot of scritches!)

Comment by KarenRambo

January 22, 2009 @ 12:07 am

I’m a first timer to your blog, but I just wanted to mention that I know the woman in NH who is taking Brynn and her 2 daughters, and they could not be going to a better home! I am so excited to be able to follow them – they’re adorable.

Comment by Theresa

January 22, 2009 @ 6:23 am

Oooooh! These photos are just so precious. I am so happy to find this blog. I am the future parent of Chardonnay. 🙂 I will be watching this closely in anticipation.

Comment by Sarebear

January 23, 2009 @ 2:17 am

Even tho I don’t drink alcohol, I can imagine Scrumptious desserts that sound fizzy and parfait-y ooo maybe I should make some parfaits . . . . Anyway, they look adoreable!!!! Been feeling under the (cold) weather, caught a (cold) from the dear one (child) and sore throat, thank goodness not too bad, my toe’s healing up, and these precious ones make me grin so big!!!!

Finally ordered the rest of the yarn for my younger brother’s Dr. Who scarf btw . . . .eeee. lol. Anyway, sounds like GREAT homes, and you have been awesome foster parents here, amidst all.

A game of rattie tag, sounds fun. If I can get over the tail, someday I might become a rattie pet, I mean owner, too. Lol! Not on a whim, either, I know any pet is a responsibility, etc. From local rescue/foster organization, like you guys do up there . . . .

OH! Reminds me of last year, when I held a . . . Gerbil for the first time! it really tried to go through the back of the crook of my arm hee. OY and my mom, who NEVER in a billion years would I have thought could I get to hold an animal in the rodent class, I managed to (will have to post that pic, teehee, not sure if we got one of me tho, the cute lil thing kept burrowing).

I had to get used to my reaction to the feet, initially was OH! Like a rat, mouse, etc, eeee! But was won over quickly, QUITE indeed . . . . quick lil things though, how DO you do it! Heh . . . .

BRAVO, you guys! Jen, you are amazing. Hugs to you both. Been having spotty internet connection today, hope to see you in-game soon tho (EQ2).

Comment by FemaleWriter

January 23, 2009 @ 8:53 am

Those babies sure are cute 3 weeks after birth. Of course, I’m one of the few people who think all baby animals are cute…but that not all baby humans are cute.

I’m happy to hear that Brynn is being such a good buddy and mother to these babies. And I’m glad that most of them have found their forever homes already. This must be quite the experience for you…fostering two different litters in such a short time. And it’s amazing to see that one momma bit anyone that got close to her babies and now you have a momma that doesn’t mind if you handle her babies.

And good news… I am looking into fostering and supporting MRR (been emailing them over the past week). Hubby’s not 100% with me on the fostering, but we’ll definitely try to support them in other ways. I’m sure we’ll make a decision about fostering sometime after Ray is gone.

Did you know that Ray is still with us? He’s one stubborn old rat. He is less than 10 days away from being 38 months old. Both hubby and I are surprised he’s made it this far (16 months) on his own, but he’s a rare one that’s preferred his solitude.

Anyway… I hope you, Gryphon, your Lucky Seven (perma-ratties), and Brynn and her babies are all doing well.

Take Care!


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