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Today is the end of a special era in my life.

I had my wonderful, brave, tiny little fighter pts tonight. She was too stubborn for her own good and I had to make the decision for her. :cry:

Portia was a week old when she, her mom, and her siblings were found in these conditions: in an outbuilding at the edge of the park, a 10x8 room filled with racks of lab-style bin cages of mice and rats. They were terribly overcrowded, with up to 8 adolescent rats in one bin (and these bins were, by cage calculator standards, too small for even one rat). One bin held three mothers and their litters of a week or so old babies. To make matters worse, the staff charged with keeping them clean hasn't been dumping the litter, just adding more on top of the soiled stuff, so the poor rats have only a scant few inches of space in the bins between the litter and the lid. Most had no food in their bins. They were feeding them seed mix, when they were fed at all. I fed them and refilled any empty water bottles. There has to be at least 70 rats in there. I have no idea how many mice. It stinks of pee and feces, and all the rats were sneezing from the ammonia build up. These poor, mistreated, abused creatures are there only to feed the fox, owl, etc. and their lives are brutal as well as short.

A rescue effort spear-headed by Vanessa brought Portia and Ariel into my lives at 4.5 weeks old.

Portia just home, friendly sweet babies, my first babies that had been handled from a young age and were socialized properly. All my previous babies had been petstore :roll:




Portia’s first intro…she and her sister met my big PEW girls Selene and Soma and very quickly they were a solid family, especially when tiny neutered Sebastian was added to the happy group.



Yummy grass with her sister…Portia closest


11 months old now (on left)


Comforting old Sebastian when he was ill. They all loved Sebbie, he was the glue of the entire family.


Best Friends


Newer Friends


Remaining Friends and her surviving cagemates, Shadow and Rennie. Rennie loved Portia.


Sadly Portia was my one survivor of the Happy Group of Selene, Soma, Ariel and Sebastian. The Happy Group are now reunited and I am sure that Selene, Soma and Ariel were waiting for her. :heart:
 

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Oh honey, I am so so sorry.
 

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You gave her a good life and now shes with her furry family. I'm sorry you had to go through this and I know you did everything you could for her, and she did too
 

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I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Take comfort in knowing you made a difference in her life.
 

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): I'm sorry for your loss. I bet her friends are very happy to see her again.

You are a wonderful person to give so many wonderful rats their forever home they deserve.
 
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