Lee, the pretty little ginger doing a lot of eating and snuggling above, is an ex-rat as of early this morning; she has ceased to be.
In May, she and her sister Willem had several surgeries to reduce and, where possible, remove some benign mammary and genital tumors. While these were mostly successful, other tumors took their place, as they are wont to do, and Lee’s in particular grew quickly and too large to make walking and running comfortable, and were beginning to push, squeeze, and otherwise interfere with vital internal organs. It was her time.
We found the pair from a reputable and humane ex-breeder who had a large, young, healthy group of sisters she wanted to adopt out in pairs or trios. Lee stood out immediately: an over-sized, shy, orange little sweetheart, happy to be gently petted and coddled in her cage or her blankets or any particularly soft place she happened to adopt as her own, but was otherwise quite nervous. Willem, her sister, leapt into our arms immediately and was eager to explore our pockets and dole out lots of kisses should she find something she wanted to nibble on, but it was Lee we were smitten with.
It took a lot of time, treats, and sweet-nothings in her ear to encourage Lee to interact with us, but it was well worth it in the end. She was a snuggly and sweet little rat, not nearly as outgoing as her sister, but full of character and kindness and a kind of quiet and endearing and very patient charm. She will be missed.