An unexpected surprise!

Back in March of this year we were looking to adopt some new pet rats. From a Craigslist ad we ended up adopting what we thought were 4 male rats... unfortunately, I should have trusted to sex them myself to make sure of their gender, but I was trusting & did not. 

When we got home we found out we had actually ended up with 2 girls and 2 boys. Two of the rats were around 4 months old (Leela & Earl), and the other two were around 3 weeks old (Chai & Lulu). The older ones had been housed together, & I was worried the female might be pregnant.... well, a week later on March 24th, 2017; Leela gave birth to 9 babies! 

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If you've read my blog, you know I've owned rats since 2007. I've owned both males and females over the years and have never had an accidental litter, so this was definitely a new experience for me.
This is Leela, Mama rat. A variegated agouti
And Daddy Earl, a blue hooded dumbo ear.

3 days old.
8 days old. Pearl, our little runt is in the middle.
15 days old.
Marty, Pearl. 
4 weeks old! Top & L to R: Marty, Toby, Fry, Felix, Lila, Lizzie, Pearl, Emma.

Unfortunately, one of the babies passed away before it was a week old. And Pearl our little runty we were afraid she also wouldn't make it at first, but she ended up being the first one to open her eyes. She's still smaller than her siblings, but healthy. We ended up with 4 girls and 4 boys. Two of the boys and two of the girls inherited their Dad's dumbo ears. The boys were separated from the girls right before they hit 5 weeks old. The babies are 3 months old now. :) The girls now live with Mama Leela & Auntie Lulu. And the boys live with Dobby, Earl, & Chai. You can see current posts & videos of everyone on my Instagram.

Update: Sadly we lost our Fry on September 12th, 2017 to pneumonia. He would have been 5 months old. 
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