i just walked in on the scariest scene i could imagine! i went to tell the rats goodnight and make sure they had what they needed and there was a pup on TOP OF THE CAGE! with 3 more up on the top ledge by mom who had, i guess, lead an escape attempt! i gasped and the baby on top dove back in through the wider bars and they all ran back down to the bottom. we did a head count on the babies to make sure none had gotten away and they were all there luckily.
we moved them all into the spare cage for now until i figure out a way to close the gap so they can't get out on their own. *sigh* i wish rats weren't so **** smart. all this time i thought the pups couldn't get up there and were safe and here they are, putting their lives in jeopardy! i'm just glad i found them before going to bed otherwise it would have been a massacre in the morning due to my wonderful cats who enjoy cat things like.. chasing small rodents and killing said small rodents. i must say though that in all my rat-owning experiences i only lost one pup to my cats because she got out when i was at work. i had her sister (who was found hiding underneath the couch in the next room) for a long time though.