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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Rat Nationalities?

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her first rat, Queen Dumbo Duncanson-Bryan, and a rat named Mouse.

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Mouse the rat
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Does Mouse look like a Russian rat?

I made Dumbo a Facebook page a few months ago, and she has a surprising amount of friends for a rat. She is very, very popular. Of course, everyone knows it’s really me who is talking for her — I’m like her human vessel put on Earth to bring ratty messages to the world.

The strange thing is that suddenly Dumbo has gained a Russian accent. I have no idea where it sprang from, but it got me to thinking about the nationalities of my rats and the rats of other people with regard to the way they look.

I would never have pegged Dumbo as Russian. She has a sort of Spanish look to her with her sleek, black coat. She could also be a mafia rat, as she is enormous at the moment. She would suit sitting behind a huge, mahogany desk giving out orders.

Now, Mouse is the one who I think looks Russian. She’s a husky rat, very stoic and serious (with a playful side!) and would no doubt blend in well with sheens of snow on the ground, the typical Russian weather I would imagine. I had images of her with those lovely, furry hats they have to keep warm, and a pair of mittens on her tiny claws.

I was discussing this idea with my friend regarding her rats Seto and Katsuya. Similar to Mouse, she agreed that Seto would also be Russian and would talk something like this: “I say Hello, da? I lick you, da? I like you. You like me? I am hoping you like me.” This suits him perfectly as, a lot like Dumbo, he loves everyone. It must be something to do with the white, fluffy coats that just give them a Russian kind of aura.

Katsuya, on the other hand, we decided would be Scottish. I believe this has something to do with his ginger coat. He is a grumpy rat and would no doubt be say, “A'm guttin, whens ya feedin meh?” which roughly translates to “I’m hungry, when are you going to feed me?”

If anyone has any opinions on the nationalities of their own rats or other pets, I would love to hear about them!

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