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Little Yuna is my little miracle so far.... I keep praying for her every day afraid that I will find her gone and always so happily amazed that she is still here fighting!

She was the runt that ended up kicked out of her nest. Her mom didn't kick her out it was an accident with a very young new mom. So little Yuna was not in the best shape with her new found life.

While her siblings were showing pigment and then soon after fuzz, poor Yuna still looked like a little pinkie!

I was having to supplement her on my own as well as rotate her sibs out so she could get a full belly. She always was super active, my little fighter.

She is now 16 days old. It is a miracle she has made it this long and the fight is not over. She has gotten her pigment, her fuzz and now furr. Her little eyes are even open now. She is still much smaller then the rest but just as active!

 

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To update.... Yuna is still going strong :) She turned 6 weeks old on Tuesday 10-20-15. I was so afraid she wouldn't make it but she did!

She is still itty bitty tiny. Her weight the other day was 2.05oz which is pretty tiny for her age and compared to her siblings. One of her brothers was 5.25oz, and her sisters were 4.2oz & 3.7oz, which is quite a difference in so little sizes.

She is very healthy physically & mentally so far. She doesnt realize that she is a tiny baby and keeps right up with everyone else. She has even been a bratty little escape artist, testing my rat proofing skills with her tiny size.
There is still a worry about her having health issues in the future but she is a fighter so I am feeling good about her!

I just love her to pieces :)

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Awww she's so cute! I'm glad she's doing well, she's got a great human mum looking after her :D
 

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The cutest thing ever!! I fell in love with her just from this post so I can only imagine how special she is to you! Keep those updates and pics coming :D
 

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My favorite thing is that my girls all pile in one hammock to sleep and she will just be this little ball on top of them all. :) It is truly adorable.

Everytime you come near the cage she climbs to the very top to get close to you.
 

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Oh gosh, what a little cutie! I love her colors.

She sounds so sweet.
 

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Oh gosh, what a little cutie! I love her colors.

She sounds so sweet.
She is Russian Blue. I am quite fond as well. I love her spattering of markings.

aww what a cute :) are you keeping her?
Yep I am keeping her :) After all this I had to keep her! Plus I just couldnt sell a rat that isn't perfectly healthy and while she seems fine she may have issues in the future and is soooo tiny still she does need some extra care.
 

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She is great! I am so in love with her. She doesn't really enjoy free range time, which is probably best for me she is so tiny!

She is ultra hyper. She just bounces around nonstop. She bounces off all my other girls, and they all just let her lol Her new favorite thing is climbing to the very top of the cage, hanging upside down and then letting go... thank god for hammocks lol She also likes to take flying leaps off shoulders. She thinks she is part flying squirrel perhaps!!

She has gotten bigger but is still tiny she weighs about 80-100g I need to reweigh her as she was not in the mood to sit still lol She is just this tiny little thing. It is precious though seeing her sleeping on top of all the girls or snuggled under them!

Ignore the poop lol



In about 3 weeks I am getting a female dwarf, so she will have a friend close to her size lol!
The black one
 

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Curious as to how she's more at risk for health issues when she gets older just because she was the runt? Or is there another reason?
 

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Curious as to how she's more at risk for health issues when she gets older just because she was the runt? Or is there another reason?
It isn't so much her being the runt, like she wasn't a normal runt. She was kicked out of the nest at 2 days old for a large chunk of time, over night. It is literally a huge miracle that she lived. In general being a runt, if just smaller, may just mean they are not quite as strong as the others, as they didn't get as much milk but there may be no noticeable difference. In her case, it is a bit more extreme. She was far behind not only in size but also development.

But because of that she missed out on alot of nutrition and warmth during an important period of development, it could have huge lasting impacts on her health that is unseen. Her body could be far weaker & even underdeveloped. She could have had serious mental issues, but I do not believe she does luckily! If she for example got a URI there is a real chance that she would not survive even with treatment because her body would not be strong enough to fight it off. And she is at risk to live a shorter life.

I wanna say I was very lucky with her. It helped that her mom came from a good line and was strong & healthy (even as a very young and new mom) and didnt have a very large litter. And that I worked hard to keep her alive with additional feedings and rotating the babies out. In most cases runts will not survive. Actually when I had this litter, I knew quite a few people with litters and runts, and all of the runts passed except Yuna. I would say some people would probably have let her go & one could argue if I did the right thing or not in that moment. At the time she was looking at being a failure to thrive and it could have been a very sad way for her to go. But even as that tiny baby, right away she was a fighter and she was very active and seemed strong. so I did all I could for her.

I also knew I would be able to keep her as a pet and cover any health issues she ever has.

But honestly I have a good feeling about her. She is doing very well. She is super active and strong. I wouldn't say I have no worries, because I do. But I have a good feeling that she is going to be fine now.
 

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This gives me hope for my little runt. She's only 5 days old but not gaining any weight at all. She's showing pigment and her ears are opening at the same rate as her siblings though. It's making me worry for her. Your story gives me a little extra hope that she'll make it. Thank you so much for sharing.
 
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