Today I took my daughter to her violin lessons and stopped in to a grocery store I had never been to. I still had some time yo kill and noticed a pet shop in the same strip. I went in and was at first very impressed with the variety of small animal accessories they had. A great selection of things I have only been able yo find online. They also had guinea pigs and a couple rabbits in really nice, clean enclosures. Then towards the back of the store I spotted a tank with 3 hairless rats. I had never seen one in person before, so i had to ask about them. At the counter I was told all they had were males. I only have females, so I knew I would not be able to get one, but asked if I could hold one anyway. A young girl took me back and picked one up out of the tank. She said he was her favorite because he is a dumbo. I asked where they came from and she said that they bred them there in the store. She said she had their uncle at home. My daughter wanted to hold one, so the girl reached in and grabbed another by the tail and pulled it out. I was shocked when she did this, up till that point, I had been thinking about how great they were treating the animals. She handed me the other rat and I saw that this one was in fact a girl. She said, "oh yeah..she's probably pregnant" I asked about age and she said around three months, which seemed about right because of size. I asked how long the female had been with the 2 males and she said " all her life, they are siblings" I'm not very experienced, but seeing as they are old enough and housed together...not to mention the swollen belly and prominate nipples, it's probably safe to say she is pregnant.She was so sweet. Bruxing while I pet her and burrowed into my sweater. My daughter really wanted to get her, but it just felt so risky. We went to another shop in the strip and then sat in the car talking about it, before I decided we shouldn't. But now, I can't stop thinking about her. Will she be condemned to keep breeding with her brothers? Or an inexperienced, uncaring person buys her and then what happens to her babies? On the other hand, what am I risking by brining her home. I could end up going from 5 to 13 rats in a matter of a week! I've read all the accidental litter stories here and on goosemoose...it just seems too scary. But it's hurting my heart and I can't stop thinking about her...What would you do?