Introducing Mr. Darcy and Mr. Knightley  

Posted by inkstainedhands in ,

Well, I finally got the rats I've been waiting for, and as expected, they are the most adorable little creatures! I named them Darcy and Knightley, and the three of us have been getting to know each other over the past twenty four hours. At this stage of our acquaintance, I am a bit lost for words, and all I can say is that they are so incredibly sweet and cute. They are quite active when they are awake, so it is difficult to get a decent photo, but here is one of them falling asleep:

And here are the photos from the breeder. The first one is Darcy, who is a Russian blue agouti berkshire dumbo. Knightley, the second one, is a Russian blue agouti hooded dumbo.

They are both friendly and social, although I would say that Darcy is the outgoing one of the two. He always greets me when I walk over to the cage, and Knightley usually joins in. They enjoy climbing (humans), perching on shoulders, giving soft, ticklish rat kisses, and exploring. I actually managed to get a wonderful photo of Darcy and me while he was sitting on my shoulder, curiously looking into the camera.

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The only thought going through my head - why? why? why? would anyone get rats voluntarily? But if that's what rocks your boat - enjoy!

September 14, 2009 at 9:35 PM

i echo subwife. also who are they named after?

September 15, 2009 at 12:10 AM

I love how you say that they are "social"! lol

September 15, 2009 at 1:15 AM

SubWife -- They're very misunderstood creatures, you know. In real life, they're quite cute though.

Harry-er -- They're named after Jane Austen characters. Darcy is from Pride and Prejudice and Knightley is from Emma.

BTS -- They really are social, though!

September 15, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Both boys? No little rat babies in your future?

I like #2. I'd cut off that tail though, make 'em look like hamsters.

September 16, 2009 at 4:37 PM

@Sophie ewwww that's sadistic!
Why would you want to make a rat to look like a hamster anyway?

September 16, 2009 at 4:41 PM

What BTS said.

And no, no little rat babies. My rats are babies themselves. :]

September 16, 2009 at 6:21 PM

You were memed

September 17, 2009 at 1:39 AM

BTS, because I'd like to be in denial about their ratness but the tail gets in the way.

September 17, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Sophie -- Why should you be in denial about their 'ratness'? You should meet them; I think you'll like them once you actually see how friendly they are.

September 17, 2009 at 6:27 PM

They're so cute!!!

They're not "social", they're social! And very intelligent too.

September 25, 2009 at 12:31 AM

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December 8, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Thanks, David! That is a very interesting post.

December 8, 2009 at 10:52 PM

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