||Four months old|
||Domesticated Brown Rat|
||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia|
is special because he chose me to be his owner after months of
trying to find a rat to love based on pelt (for breeding purposes). I had
no choice but to take this handsome man home with me. I have since decided
I would rather keep him for a pet than decrease his lifespan by using him
as a stud. He is a Rattus norvegicus (a.k.a. Domesticated Brown Rat).
Brutality is often called "Brute" or "Brutal." We named him Brutality
because (much like our scorpion "Fatality") he is completely the opposite.
He is super affectionate and loves to hide in my hair when I have him out
and about. He has always been a little wary of strangers but just adores a
good rough pat no matter where it comes from. He hates bath time but in
the summer heat, here in Australia, he can be tempted to go for a swim if
he is provided with a small tray of water. He has a strange obsession with
ice cubes (he licks them), fresh grass clippings (he sleeps on them) and
plastic bottle caps (he chews and throws around his cage).
His favourite foods are Honey Puffs and fresh carrots and he is trained to
come to the door of his cage when you run your finger down it and to wait
until he is in his cage to go to the toilet. He has very affectionate days
and other days he is quite happy running around in his enclosure and
entertaining himself. He is very photogenic, as soon as he sees the camera
he looks right at it and waits for the flash before he moves. He does have
a bad habit of scaring little kids who visit by nipping their fingers
(something I am working on training out of him).
When I was shopping for rats one afternoon at a boutique pet store, I
opened the container and stuck my hand in, only one rat stood out, the one
that rather than trying to squeeze out of the cage he rolled over on his
back and started playing with my bracelet's loose chain, just like my
kitten does. I knew he was the next member of our family as soon as I saw
him, the only rat, unknowingly imitating my little girl's strange behaviour.
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