is Rattimus Fat Rat, age unknown, who lives in Brighton, England
and was rescued from a lonely life in a laundry basket, because he was
bullied by the other rats. He has grown rapidly and now lives in a
ferret-sized cage where he enjoys ripping up pieces of paper. His
favorite thing in the world is avocado pear.
It has taken over a year for Fat Rat to start to trust me - although he
has no desire to leave his cage and explore. When I take him out for a
cuddle, he tries to leap back in if I move too far away. He just loves
his home best. Putting him on the bed for a run sets him diving for home
as fast as possible!
Rat likes being tickled behind the ears and having his nose stroked -
both together send him into 'soppy rat' mode, as does a bit of gentle
keyboard music. Brahms' lullaby sent him to sleep the other evening.
Rattimus is very special.