HELP! Rats fighting, aggressive rat.
We have 2 rats that we've had for 4 months. They are brothers and have always lived together. At first, they were both very gentle. We handled them (carefully) frequently.
However, one of them gradually became more and more aggressive. He bit us a few times--a couple bad bites--and now we're afraid to handle him at all. As a result, we don't handle the other one much, either.
They seem to have always gotten along. However, every now and then, they get in a small fight that last a few seconds and then is over.
Just now, they got in a pretty big fight. We heard a loud squeak and checked on them. They seemed fine. A few minutes later we heard more loud squeaking and they were rolling around. The aggressive rat was biting at the non-aggressive rat. There are no visible wounds and no blood. However, now they seem to be acting very cautious of one another.
We don't know what to do! I'm giving them a few minutes to try to feel each other out again. Should I separate them? This was an isolated incident. I'm afraid to separate them and then have to go through the bonding process (which I did with my buns).
To be honest, I'm terrified to even put my hand near the aggressive rat. What should we do? Please help!
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