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Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 02:29 pm
New rats

I headed over to PetCo today to pick up some cat litter. Usually I go to a Centinela Pets or the PetCo farther away from me that's wonderful in how they treat their animals. Today I didn't have time to do that since I had to get home to wait for an important package for mom. So I headed to the PetCo that's 5 minutes from my house. I headed to the rodents to coo over them like the dork that I am and what do I see? I see 4 adult males in a 10 gallon tank. These weren't small boys, oh no. They were nice big boys in a 10 gallon tank! I look next door and I see two big boys and a female. The boys had very prominent testicles and the girl had very visible nipples. I was about to nicely bitch out (is that possible?) the worker when I saw movement in the bedding (CareFresh thank goodness). What was this movement? Well it wasn't an alien! I saw a little rat nose poke out of the bedding, a baby! I took a closer look and saw they were babies just days away from opening their eyes. I looked at the female again and saw she had nursing nipples and she might possibly be pregnant again. I wouldn't be surprised since rats can get pregnant right after having a litter and who knows how long she's been in with these boys! Well I got a bit mad to say the least. I told the worker there that she needed to be separated from those two boys. "Oh we can't move the boys to the other tank they'll fight and we'll get in trouble if they get hurt."
Right because it's more important to save your own ass then to have a good environment for your animals. Goodness knows a pet store should care only for money and not for the pets! /sarcasm

I asked to speak to the manager who cared just a little more then the employee. I asked if I could take the mama and her babies. I needed to get them out of there, especially if she was pregnant again! He wanted to charge me for the mama but I think I raised enough of a fuss over this situation where he gave her to me for free. I only bought a carrier to take them home in. I wasn't going to put them in a cardboard box, this is stressful enough for mama!
So I get home just as the FedEx guys pulls up, and sign the package. I put the mama and her babies on the table and go out and clean out a cage. She's now in a bigger cage, not surrounded by big males.
She has three little ones and I just sexed them. Two boys and a girl. This is convenient, I can keep the girl with her mom and the brothers can stay together. Both boys are agouti hoods and the girl is a PEW (pink eyed white). Any suggestions for names?
My established rats are in the rat room which is a good because if they were in the house I wouldn't have taken this girl. Mama and babies will stay in the house while the colony stays in the rat room. I'll go between the house and the colony under normal quarantine procedures.
The thing that really got me to take this girl is her staring at me through the glass and bruxing at me. The employee grabbed her by the tip of her tail and grabbed her babies by their tails too! Was he afraid these teeny babies would bite him or something? *sigh*
I'm not mad anymore, I'm just tired. I'm tired of seeing rodents treated as vermin. I'm going to contact the humane society to check this out, 4 full sized male rats to a 10 gallon tank is just terrible. The silver lining in this situation is that these rats aren't undernourished, they're plump. They have CareFresh and I noticed that they were using Mazuri lab blocks (you can tell the difference between that brand and Kaytee). These good qualities don't make up for the over crowding though, so I'm going to call and see that this is taken care of. I'll get the cat litter later at Centinela, which doesn't even sell live animals.

Here's some pictures of mama and the younglings!

I didn't bother to put these through photo shop, I'm too lazy right now.

Here's the mama. Doesn't she look like a nice girl? I need to think of a name for her.

The hooded babies are boys and the PEW is a girl.

Name suggestions for two females and two males?

Here's a photo of Mystery :)

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Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)

Oh my goodness, what dolls!

Agent 27
Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)

I'm surprised the mama is as nice as she is! I thought she was going to be nippy what with being in a small tank with two big boys and having brats bang on the glass all day! I bet she's just so relieved to be out of there.

They're cuties!

ReplyThread Parent
Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)

What an idiot manager! Like they couldn't spare another cage for a male? I'm glad you gave him what for!
The mom looks really sweet. She looks like a "Hazel" to me.

Miss Celie of the North
Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)

Awww, though I wonder why only three babies? I wonder if two big males in the same cage was bad for other reasons. D: Good on you for taking them in, though, they look like sweeties and I know you'll give them a good home. Poor mama rat. Is she friendly?

Agent 27
Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)

That's what I'm thinking. Male rats can be quite nice to ickle babies but I'm wondering if there were more that died...

She seems friendly which is refreshing. I thought I would have to rehabilitate an aggressive and skittish rat. Got name suggestions?

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Captain of the SS Panvi
Wed, Aug. 29th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)

I love your little rescue mission! They are so cute.

Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)

Ok, #1: Kitty!!
#2: Micies!!

#3: I love your icon!! Do you make them (the Garfield ones)?

Agent 27
Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)

2=ratties! xD

Nope, I don't. lunglock makes those icons :)

ReplyThread Parent
Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)

awww, how good of you to rescue them. Keep us updated on what goes on when you check with the humane society and such. How long will you keep them quarantined? Poor little ratties...

Oh and I love black kitties. Mystery is beautiful!

Agent 27
Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)

I'll quarantine them for 3 weeks, more if any problems rise up.

Mystery is my old lady, she'll be 20 next April!

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Officer Kelli
Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)

The babies are super cute...sucks about the situation of course...:(

Box Of Sorrows
Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)

Aww they're sweet. Pet shops though, urgh, we have no end of poor ones here, most seem to have no understanding (or just don't guve a shit) about caring for their livestock.

worst-case-scenario girl
Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)

I hate pet stores for this very reason. I'm surprised that either the males didn't kill the babies or the female didn't due to the stress she was under. WTF? And picked them up by their tails? Oh yeah, I'd have the humane society there yesterday. I'm sick of the 'lights are on & no one's home' characteristics of people these days. Stories like this just make me acrimonious. But - good for you for rescuing her and her babies. I hope you put the fear of God into that manager. Should've made him put the boys into bigger cages while you watched. Stupid people. Hate 'em.

These were my girlies:
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The white was Blossom, agouti was Aggie and black was Chloe. Aggie and Chloe were sisters. Blossom I found running down my street one nite. They have since passed on but they were sweeties while they were here.

Hmmmm....names? Cinny-minny, Black Jack, Pepe and Petunia. Have fun with your new babies. ;)

Agent 27
Thu, Aug. 30th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)

The thing really burns me is that I have tried getting a job with pet stores and I don't get hired. THey will hire this jackass who doesn't have experience with the animals they put him in (small animal department) because he's had experience in retail. They won't hire me because I don't have experience in retail but I do have 7 years of rat experience and have owned all the other small animals they carry (except the chins). THat's logic right there, ugh.

Your girls were cute :)
I've had so many rats over the years. I try not to reuse a name but sometimes I do (I've had two Harry).
EEk, I've had problems with this girl who had a rat named Cinny-Minny so that's out, xD
Hha Petunia :P

I'm thinking of Big Mama for the mom, I keep calling her "Mama" so...

ReplyThread Parent
Fri, Aug. 31st, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)

OMG they're are beautiful :p

Wed, Sep. 5th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)

ARGH! *hates at your local pet store* Now that's out of the way, the mama rat is too adorable! She looks like just a young 'un herself, I wonder how many litters she has already had. She looks quite similar to my second rat, Sarrabeth, but less skittish. And those babes are just TOO squishy and pudgy to be allowed.