by Alyssa Nader
Alyssa Nader is a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue in the bay area of California. Each month KRL will be featuring at least one animal rescue adventure story, and every other month there will be one from Rattie Ratz.
Megan’s love for rats started with her first rat, Biggie. She saw the cute black, hooded boy in a feeder bin at the pet store and felt an instant connection and needed to take him home. Despite his rough start, he was always very sweet. From the beginning he had some health issues that would be resolved with treatment, but always returned.
Because of these issues, he only lived to be 1.5 years old. Though his life was short, it was full of love and he was very spoiled. He loved to sit on the top of Megan’s husband Tommy’s head and would take naps on whoever decided to hold him. His favorite snack was Cheetos.After Biggie’s passing, Megan was ready for some new rats in her life. When she heard of the chance to adopt a pair of boys, she was excited to meet them. They got along right away and came home with Megan. They are two rex coated boys with white coats and a black cap/masks.
Megan told us about their personalities:“Ted is the head honcho of the pair and is very brave. He fears no person, dog or cat! He loves all snacks (just look at his fat rolls) but loved marshmallows the most. Bundy is more skittish than his brave brother. He does not like being handled, but he LOVES to groom people’s hands whenever he has the chance to. I have had them both since they were 6 weeks old, and they just turned 1 year this month!”
Life with Ted and Bundy has been full of excitement. Like many bold rats, Bundy started a fight he couldn’t finish. He ended up piercing his own tongue with his tooth in a struggle with his brother. Thankfully, his mom is a certified veterinary technician. She brought him into her work, where they were able to free his tongue and trim his little teeth. He healed up like a little “rock star” after a brief time in his cone of shame.
Megan told us how her love for rats recently extended to a big commitment that means a lot to her:
“I recently just got a tattoo of Ted on my arm because I love him and my other boys so much. It gives me an excuse to openly talk to the public about rats and educate them on how they are the perfect little creatures.”
Rattie Ratz is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to help all domesticated ratties who come to us find a loving, forever home.
Rattie Ratz: Rescue, Resource, & Referral
Click here to email us at: info@rattieratz[dot]com
Call us at: (415) 340-1896
If you would like to know more about Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their Facebook page. If you are interested in adoptable rats or volunteering for Rattie Ratz Rescue you can visit their website: www.rattieratz.com.
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