Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
We have a friend who sews and is bringing all of the rats a bunch of hammocks. Their personalities are revealing themselves to me big time. Clara is a mix between Darcy (sweetness) and Aggie (attitude). I laughed myself breathless watching the three of them play tug of war with the flannel pan lining between their cages. Darcy and Aggie above working in tandem (tiny heave hos between them could be heard), and Clara below clinging to the bars for all she was worth and using her deadweight to help pull it back down.
Luster is proving to be appropriately named. His lust for life is hilarious. He is zippy to the max. We have a little mini wading pool in their play area, and he likes to hug the outer edge and zip from one side to the other. I can hear him laughing as I try to catch him. Here I am, zip. Peekaboo, now I'm here. Zip, nope here. Zip. Nope here.
Now that he's comfortable with the open floor spaces in the bathroom he is loving running around and exploring. I love seeing a rat at full gallop. BrrrrpaPrrrpaBoingyBoingyBoing. And then he'll put on a burst of lightening speed and suddenly halt, his ears vibrating to a stop like a twanged guitar string. Zzzzziiiiiipdoing-oing-oing-oing-oing.
He's the one who is already trying to find ways to climb and jump to the highest levels of the bathroom. He's also, much like Bugs Bunny, with dazzling dexterity and wit, bullrushing his way to the top of the mischief hierarchy. Everyone is so flummoxed and confused by him they're all like 'dang, dood, you're the boss already, fine!'. Even though he's fixed he's also jumping the others with surprizebutzex. But he's so lighthearted about it all. I keep thinking of Bunny Wigglesworth from Zorro the Gay Blade flouncing in all "Heere aye AM!"
I'm hoping he'll settle down with age so he's not pouncing on everyone. So far the others are tolerating him pretty well. If I start seeing stress in the others we'll reevaluate.
Waddle is my ear nibbler and food hogger. I'm seeing shades of a hardbody macho version of Zmei.
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Melon, Skinner, Black Pete, Zanna, Custard, Tucker, Jeffrey, Zmei, and Windham.