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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Rats Dumbo And Mouse Enjoy Christmas

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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Dumbo the rat
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Dumbo the rat enjoys exploring under the Christmas tree.

I let my rats Dumbo and Mouse run riot around the Christmas tree this week. This turned out not to be such a wonderful idea, because the moment Dumbo started scaling the plastic trunk, the baubles went flying. One rather special decoration from New York was smashed in the chaos and several others tumbled. Other than that, not much damage was caused.

I don’t think Dumbo is quite as spritely as she used to be and tends to struggle when it comes to climbing. Afterward, I just let my two rats wander around the bottom of the tree enjoying themselves, which I think they did. Anything new to explore is an adventure to rats!

Mouse also had a little go at one or two presents, obviously smelling something tasty inside. We often have chocolates and treats under the tree, and I’ve no doubt that both rats knew there was something lovely and edible in there.

Dumbo also enjoyed clambering all over our Santa Claus in the living room. Both my ratties had to be kept very far away from the miniature Christmas village we have set up, otherwise I think they would have been running off with my mum’s precious figurines!

My dad also found an appropriately sized Santa hat for Dumbo and Mouse to wear, but it was very difficult to get it to stay on their heads, even when they were sitting still with treats! I did get one or two photos of Dumbo, but Mouse just ended up chewing the hat instead of the chocolate treat I gave her.

Mouse is due for her monthly nail trim as, yet again, she has managed to injure herself. The injury isn’t terrible, just a scratch or two where she obviously got carried away with an itch or with her meticulous grooming. I suppose it must be quite difficult to stay looking clean when you have white fur. It picks up the dirt easily!

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