Phineas is getting up there in age. I got him at around 1 1\2 years of age. It's been awhile so I think he's really close to two years. He's losing weight and his fur is thinning. He's been with Ariel for months, trying to get them to mate. Well he did mate with her once but nothing came of it (shooting blanks maybe). Now that he's so old, I don't even think he has the strength to chase her around. I'll let them stay together until he passes away. They have such a wonderful bond I would hate to break it up. Phineas is on a high protein diet now, the blocks for elderly rats. I hope I still have a few months with him. He still has a strong spirit.
edit Why did I use my default icon on a post about Phineas? I have an icon with him in it! It's really no biggie but it bothered me. For those that don't know, Phineas is the one on the right (eye is blinking)