From the looks of his dark tail, he won't look too 'rat like' (I'm assuming your mum means with the pink tail or red eyes etc). You can never tell really what they will look like when they're older, he looks a little like one of these little rattikins:
I disagree actually, with albino rats I think people get creeped out easier, the red eyes, the pink tails etc. My parents quite like my boys because "they look more like mice or hamsters". Wrong reason to like them, but I think brown rats look quite sweet.
I love all rats, albinos are beautiful, and hairless are lovely in a jellybaby kind of way.
Oh, I can't stand hairless. As much as I love rats, I don't squirm all over when it comes to Hairless. I'm just worried that because he is a male, he will be extra brown rat like. And we fostered a PEW and she liked her. So I don't think its the eyes, its just her imagining the New York rat.
I need more convincing images of a cute brown rat.