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May 11, 2009

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Shifu, the Pet of the Day
Name: Shifu
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Fancy Varieberk Agouti rat
Home: Kennewick, Washington, USA
   This is my pet rat, his name is Shifu (like the red panda on Kung Fu Panda) and he is a one year old fancy Varieberk Agouti rat. I rescued Shifu from a pet store where he was too old to be really wanted (almost a year) and would have either died of a respiratory infection or been bought as a feeder rat. He was shy and skittish from bad handling at the store and was practically skin and bones, so when I got him, it was hard to get him to trust me. But now he is my cuddle baby, and loves to be held and scratched (amazing what some love and good food can do).

    Shifu loves to lick my fingers and my face and will steal my food if given the chance. He loves to lounge on the back of the couch or, if you are reading a book or taking a nap he will curl up on or by you, (I once found him taking a nap by my feet under a blanket while I was napping). He gets so relaxed that even if he starts to slide off your leg (while you are sitting) towards the couch, he just flops on it and doesn't even try to stop himself, then he falls back to sleep. He likes to climb on my shoulder and watch TV with me and my husband, and his special talent is jumping from the coffee table to the couch, (no easy feat). He is a wonderful pet and is thoroughly loved by all in our house.

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