Hi, I'm a new rat owner. I rescued my little girl from a pet store where she was being bullied by the larger rats in the tank and they were going to sell her as a feeder since she wasn't considered hand tame. Poor girl shook so hard when I held her I just had to bring her home. We had her two weeks and during that time she was so sweet and curious and bacame my 9 year olds best friend. She was getting fat but figured she was too young to be preggo and just needed a different wheel to run on instead of her using the thing for storage of bedding and treats. This last weekend my baby rat became a mommy rat and has turned into the evil rabbit from Monty Python and the holy grail bound and determined to draw blood to any appendage that dare enter the domain of her and her kittens. For one so young she seems to be taking care of her babies which is good. My question to every one is how long till I might be able to risk picking her up again without risking a finger? Some time soon I will need to isolate her to check on the babies and see if I can determine boys from girl so I can work to find them new homes. Any advice would be appreciated!