EDIT: Maybe pictures will be at bottom, had to upload them instead of just using photobucket or whatever, to add to my story =(
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After spending a few hours over a couple days exploring this forum, I decided that it was rather active, and I liked the atmosphere and family-like community enough to sign up myself.
So to start, I'm Cass. A life-long rat owner and lover. Several months ago I lost my two best friends in an unfortunate fire accident.
Hope this works.
These were my best friends and furry-babies for over a year.
It is hard not to fall in love with a gentle innocent baby that wants nothing more than your cuddles and tickles - sometimes a constant task. I figure everyone here can identify.
So finally a couple months ago I got in contact with a good breeder nearby, and had to wait for a litter to be born - then weaned. It was so difficult, but I was promised first picks of the litter.
After a long bus ride into Washington, and a long bus ride back into Oregon, my baby girls are finally home.
Also of notice, I picked up a pair of ASF "Rats" a couple weeks ago, just to check out since this species was new to me. The breeder of my rats also bred these ASF's, as well. He warned me about handling them, because of severe aggression. Ignoring his warnings, I found a docile, non-aggressive female that had never even been handled before.
This amazed me. My pair at home are partially aggressive, and the rest of this litter's siblings wanted nothing more than to bite or fly three feet in the opposite direction if anyone attempted handling.
When I got her home, my pair immediately cleaned her off and adopted her as their own. <3
So here's happy baby, and two lucky, but protective, adoptive parents.
The finding of such a docile and naturally non-aggressive female ASF has sparked my interest of selectively breeding for a non-aggressive line of ASF's for the future world of pets. So my search for a natural good-temperament male is on..... We will see if I can accomplish this. I have high hopes for this species, as more than just a snake food product.
Maybe I will post my male rats later.... Red Eyed Siamese Dumbo, and Agouti Self Dumbo. Gunna post now, hope this works, and glad to meet everyone and their rodent families.