I got my two boys yesterday (November 2nd) so I figured I'd start one thread for any and all pictures of them, since I love taking pictures of my animals! ;D
This also serves as a new rat mom "journal" so that I can come back to see baby pictures and see how far we've come in this new ratty adventure of ours.
These two were feeders and I'm assuming they are somewhere around 5 weeks old, but I'm not too sure. They are obviously babies though.
Oh, and by the way, I'm already suffering from GGMR... Aka Gotta Get More Rats. My mom (who hated rats) is also suffering from this condition.
This is Elephant.
He is a beige-y kind of color with a white belly and he has dark ruby eyes. He looks so much like a hamster to me! He has a shorter, broader head, smaller and thicker ears, and he also seems to be fluffier and lighter than Bear. He is the one who is willing to come up to me, play with my hand in the cage and sit with me when he is out, he is super calm and likes his belly rubbed. Since he looks like a hamster he reminded me the hamster from Little Bill, which is partially why I've decided to stick with the name. Elephant has pretty much worried me ever since I brought him home, he looked like a male compared to the others in the same tank at the store but when I got home and compared him with Bear... it made me think I got a female. With the help of this forum and a group on fb, I have been reassured that he is a he and will try not to stress about it much. Hopefully he doesn't surprised me.
This one is Bear.
He is a light-ish grey hooded with black eyes. He has a much narrower, longer face and has bigger, thinner ears than Elephant. He is also not as fluffy. His fur seems thinned and not as dense than Elle's fur, don't know why since his whiskers don't seem to curl at all. Maybe because he is supposedly a little bit younger? He also feels like he weighs a tiny bit more. It's so hard to explain, Elephant feels like fluff and Bear... well, you can actually feel his body lol! He is more reserved, kind of curious but cautious, in his cage and when he is out he is either in the bag away from me or if I take him out of the bag he is way more active and wants to explore. He does like to be petted though.
I bet you're wondering why I named them Elephant and Bear... There's no reason really. I have a mouse who I named Hippo and I thought it was funny to name such a small animal after such a large one, so I decided to try and continue that theme. Elephant stood out for the beige one because of the hamster from Little Bill and because Elephants are my favorite animal. Bear.. well it was either that or Seal.. or a human name. No human names jumped out to me and Seal.. well I didn't want to name him that because then they would both make Elephant Seal, which is another favorite animal but I wanted something different so I went with Bear. I don't know if I can keep that theme going with any future ratties, but I will surely try!
Here are some more pictures!
Bear cuddling with Elephant's butt/tail:
Bear with Elephant's butt/tail again:
My two boys:
In the pictures Bear seems to be washed out by the sun that was shining into the room.
Also, I have more pictures of Bear because my mom keeps stealing Elephant from me when I bring them out... She likes him because his man-bits aren't as big as Bear's. She hated rats before these two, especially males, but she loves them already. She just needs to get past the fact that they will have big man-bits. ;D