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November 4, 2012

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Brutality, the Pet of the Day
Name: Brutality
Age: Four months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Domesticated Brown Rat
Home: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
   Brutality 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.

Brutality, the Pet of the Day

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