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December 4, 2002

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Jasper, the Pet of the Day
Name: Jasper
Age: Unknown
Gender: Male
Kind: Hairless Rat
Home: Cozad, Nebraska, USA
   This is Jasper. He is one of six members of our growing rat family. He is an adult male hairless rat. He is not a true hairless, as he does have some scraggly little white hairs on his body and really curly little white whiskers. We rescued Jasper from a local pet store that decided not to carry hairless rats anymore as they do not sell very well in this area. He was to be snake food within a short while. I couldn't let that happen!! When we first held Jasper, he chattered and carried on and liked to be held on our shoulders. The trip home made him nervous and it took him awhile to come back around to the sweet Jasper we first met. But he is wonderful and confident, now. His cage mate doesn't know what to make of him, sometimes, but they get along for the most part. He gets cold and shivers a lot, so I take time to create little sweaters out of old socks to keep him warm.

    He is very special to me as he is the only hairless I own, extremely sweet and, in my eyes, one of the most adorable little boys I have ever seen. I don't ever let anyone tell him he is "ugly" or "yucky", because, despite his appearance, he is an angel at heart.

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