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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2013 6:19pm (Jun 9th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We lost Banjo this am which was a horrible shock :crying:

    He was a wonderful rat, he and his brother are the best rats I've ever had. Banjo was bouncy, never sitting still, licky, although not as much as his brother, and full of fun. He was the one that, when left on the floor in a room, would five minutes later be on the highest object in the room!

    Banjo will be much missed, especially by his very elderly brother Okto.

    Okto is very thin and doddery these days, although when picked up and cuddled he still bruxes, bless him.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2013 7:25pm (Jun 9th 2013)
     
    Oh No Red! That's terrible news! I'm so very sorry to hear you lost him, he was such a sweet little guy. R.I.P. Banjo:face-crying: :044:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2013 8:02pm (Jun 9th 2013)
     
    I am so sorry Red, I know how heartbreaking it is to lose a rat - they burrow into your heart and take a piece with it when they leave. I hope Okto copes ok without him.

    Sleep soundly Banjo, there are lots of rats at the bridge waiting to play! :heart:
    :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2013 6:16pm (Jun 10th 2013)
     
    Oh, bless him, he was such a happy chap too. So sorry, Red & Lyle. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2013 7:26pm (Jun 10th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thankyou everyone. Since Banjo passed I can't help but cry every time Okto comes out. I can't bear to think when he will be gone, I know you're not supposed to have favourites, but Okto has always been my little baby and Banjo was Lyles boy, although they are both loved dearly.

    I've been making toys to try keep Okto busy, just from toilet roll paper, tubes and kibble. He's so old :(
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2013 8:23pm (Jun 10th 2013)
     
    If you have a little teddy he might appreciate it-something to cuddle up to. Does he let you snuggle him? He might like to be near to your heartbeat if you could let him sit inside your jacket. My girls loved to have tissues to rip up and make into a nest too.

    I know what you mean about crying when you see him. I was like that after Angel died. Saffy had a large tumour so I knew her time was short so made the most of every minute I could be with her. At first I couldn't bring myself to look at her it just hurt so much, but I knew when she was gone I would wish I'd been with her more. Give him a kiss for me! xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2013 2:28pm (Jun 11th 2013)
     
    How old was he? And what's the average age? I know nothing about them bar what you & Red have said, Kate. I had 2 customers with rats; one carried her rat on her shoulder like a parrot, and the other called her rat Basil and said he was a Siberian Hamster! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2013 6:53pm (Jun 11th 2013)
     
    LOL! Very funny!

    Average age for a rat is about 2 to 2.5years. Anything over that is a bonus. I know of a lady in Australia whose rats often live to be 4+ which is amazing!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2013 9:50pm (Jun 12th 2013)
     
    4+ years..I wonder how she does it..that is amazing, Kate.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2013 6:55pm (Jun 13th 2013)
     
    I really don't know - but she loves to cook and gives them lots of different food to taste and enjoy so maybe variety is the key to long life!!