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This is Oliver, who passed away in 2003. He was a hairless dumbo rat with odd-eyes (one black, one red) and a blazed forehead. This photo was taken when he was a baby, so he still had a little of his downy fuzz left—by the time he was fully mature, he was completely bald. Ollie was one of the most gentle animals I’ve met in my life. He was my last rat, and when he died I knew it would be a long time before any more rats would be a part of my life.

I’ve posted a few pictures of some of my other late pet rats here. I miss them terribly.

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  • Reply Aimee January 9, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Oh, he’s adorable! It was over 10 years from my last rat to our current rat. They are amazing pets, and so much fun. I hope that you are able to have another rat in your life again soon!

  • Reply Kathy January 9, 2008 at 7:54 am

    He is cute! How did you first get interested in rats?

  • Reply Adam January 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

    They are so adorable Anna! I don’t know if I ever told you, but my Grandmother had pet rats when I was growing up, they used to sit in her lap while she watched her soaps and she would pet them for hours! They were always so sweet.

  • Reply Jennifer January 9, 2008 at 9:47 am

    What a sweet face. He looks very cuddly. Mine used to nibble on my pencils while I wrote and did homework, or burrow under my legs while I watched TV. Very affectionate animals!

  • Reply lesley January 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Yay, rats! I haven’t had any rats since I was a kid but they are so great–bright, clean, affectionate and easy to care for. Mine used to sit on my shoulder and wrap her tail around my neck and groom herself while I did homework. I could hear her dainty washing sounds right in my ear. I love their delicate toes and translucent ears. RATS!

  • Reply Kelsey January 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I just love that you posted this! Both of my rats passed away recently – Hubcap & Pancake. What sweethearts. I donated many of their things to the humane society but can’t quite get around to getting rid of their cage. I’m not quite ready for more yet not quite ready to dismiss the possibility altogether.

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Hubcap and Pancake!! Kelsey, those are such sweet names. 🙂

    I completely understand about the cage. I held on to mine for a while, and then eventually donated everything to Kim’s Ark. (And then I cried a lot.)

    Up until a few months ago, I’ve always had pet ferrets, too. When my last baby died, I put the cage in the basement for safe keeping. I don’t know if I’ll ever have pet ferrets again, but I also don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get rid of their cage.

    My best to you, and my condolences for your loss. x

  • Reply Ciera November 22, 2008 at 10:08 am

    hey! I use to have a hairless dumbo rat too and he also passed away in 2006. thanks for sharing your cute little rat with us. My rat’s name was Stymie. Yours was cute!

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