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July 16, 2012

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Saoirse, the Pet of the Day
Name: Saoirse
Age: Two years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Fancy rat
Home: Florida, USA
   This is my rat, Saoirse. Saoirse is pronounced SEER/sha and is Gaelic for "freedom". This is a very fitting name for her as she has always roamed the house like a dog. If I called her, she would come running from wherever she was in the house. She has never been content in a cage. She would run after me down the hall, follow me around the house, wrestle with my hand, and attack the cat. Yes, she attacked the cat. She'd chase the cat around the house. She has also tried chasing my husky.

    A few weeks ago she developed an ear infection. The infection has been cleared up, but has left her with an incurable head tilt. With this head tilt, she can no longer roam the house like she used to due to her lack of balance...but this does not slow her down! She will still run around like crazy (in supervised areas so she cannot fall off of something and hurt herself). She now lives in a one level cage that she cannot climb up the bars and fall off. She is the baby sitter of a few little ones. She's two years old but still acts like she's two months. She has been the best rat I've ever owned.

Saoirse, the Pet of the Day

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