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(CNN)   "Mr. T began to make himself at home, confiscating mail, pens, and whole pizza slices and dragging them under the sofa, then chewing a crawl space inside the sofa itself." Enough with the kittehs, can we have a little bit of love for Raturday?   (cnn.com) divider line 97
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2012-10-25 06:45:27 PM
Fine, I'll start

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This one was destined to be snake food. Instead, she became the Rat Queen.

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Jupie, the mega-rat

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Jupie's second birthday party. He lets the Rat Queen and Rat Princess eat first. What a gentleman.

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The Brain, checking out the Christmas tree. His brother, Pinky, is burrowing in the couch cushions
They are Sprague-Dawley rats who served in a Naval Medical Research Unit operating at the local US Air Force base (yeah, it's kinda weird)
Had to fill out a surprisingly long and thorough application issued by the Department of Defense, probably the same one to adopt a dog or horse

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Sorry, Santa. The sign said, "Pet pictures with Santa taken here." You just assumed the pets would all be dogs and cats.
 
2012-10-25 06:49:54 PM
No.
 
2012-10-25 06:59:57 PM
or as my python calls them, Dinner
 
2012-10-25 07:01:05 PM
...and then Mr. T ate my balls.
 
2012-10-25 07:02:27 PM
I fail to understand why you'd want a rodent for a pet, you do know they help carry the black plague right?
 
2012-10-25 07:04:54 PM
He did not have time for jibba-jabba. 

/stayed in school
//called 1-800-collect
 
2012-10-25 07:05:24 PM
Very cool couple taking in a wild rat. And very brave. Rats are very cool pets, I can see no reason a commom alley rat would not be also. Our Chedder was a very smart & fun pet. She was a pet shop rat, and very lovable.
 
Skr
2012-10-25 07:07:06 PM
Had a black hooded rat when I was a kid. That little guy was awesome and loved perching on shoulders like a parrot. Really cute, soft , and cuddly. Figured his hair would have been more rough and wiry. Was litter trained as well which was really nice.
 
2012-10-25 07:07:18 PM
We are renovating and accidentally dislodged a pigeon nest with a week old baby. He is now sitting on my entertainment unit at 6 weeks and is best friends with my dog. I would download a photo but I am a technotard
 
2012-10-25 07:07:25 PM
I fail to understand why you'd want a rodent for a pet, you do know they help carry the black plague right?

No fleas carried the plague, they just happened to like both rats & people.
 
2012-10-25 07:08:03 PM
Just got my first two pet rats earlier this week.

www.ocmit.com
Comet (The dark one), and Nova (The white one). Both male.

/Also has a pet ball python who would love to, but won't be meeting these guys
 
2012-10-25 07:08:43 PM

ShamanGator: No fleas carried the plague, they just happened to like both rats & people.


touche
 
2012-10-25 07:08:48 PM
GAAHHHHHHHH!
 
2012-10-25 07:09:36 PM
I PITY THE FOOL THAT DON'T LET ME LIVE INSIDE YA SOFA.

/Prediction? Plague.
 
2012-10-25 07:10:29 PM
What's the T for, Typhoid Fever?
 
2012-10-25 07:10:59 PM

Pfighting Polish: /Prediction? Plague.


dont forget rabies
 
2012-10-25 07:11:28 PM
Oldiron_79 : or as my python calls them, Dinner

Yep, and the ones that our python doesn't eat, become pets.
 
2012-10-25 07:12:11 PM
I like to imagine this was a response to being told by Murdoch to get on some damn fool plane.
 
2012-10-25 07:15:54 PM
I had a pet rat in college. He was awesome.
 
2012-10-25 07:16:00 PM
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2012-10-25 07:18:58 PM
despite all his rage, he's still just a rat in a couch cushion.
 
2012-10-25 07:19:32 PM

Der Poopflinger: Pfighting Polish: /Prediction? Plague.

dont forget rabies


rats are not known to transmit rabies, and there has never been a recorded case in the united states at least of anyone ever getting rabies from a rat
 
2012-10-25 07:19:51 PM

SoCalChris: Just got my first two pet rats earlier this week.

[www.ocmit.com image 623x489]
Comet (The dark one), and Nova (The white one). Both male.

/Also has a pet ball python who would love to, but won't be meeting these guys


Be sure to keep your snake secured at ALL TIMES.

I had a red-tailed boa when I was in college. I thought it would be cool to have some furry pets too and I got two very sweet rats. The boa was a baby and I wasn't worried about him thinking my rats were food. They were far too big for him...

Well, I apparently didn't secure the top of the aquarium after putting my snake back in one day. When I got home from work, my snake was stuck in the rat cage.

He had managed to escape from his enclosure, find my rats and devour one of them. Filled with rat, he was too big to get back out of the rat cage. He looked like a garden hose had swallowed a Buick.

The other rat was sitting in a corner, shaking. It must have been horrifyingly traumatic to watch his buddy get eaten right in front of him. I felt so bad for him. Ended up taking him back to the pet store.
 
2012-10-25 07:20:18 PM
"If you believe in yourself, eat all your school, stay in milk, drink your teeth, don't do sleep, and get 8 hours of drugs - you can get work!"
 
2012-10-25 07:20:29 PM
I love rats, they're so adorable and playful and quite intelligent.

Had a golden Dumbo rat in college, he was a pretty deep yellow color all over. Named him Lumine, and he grew into a big bastard, 7" without the tail. He was a sweetie, always calm and inquisitive. He'd sit on my shoulders when I was standing or in my lap when sitting, and he'd run all over the room when I let him have the run of the place. One of his quirks was to tug on my cheek until I turned my head toward him, paw and pull at my lips until I opened my mouth, then stick his head and shoulders in to give my teeth and cheeks an inspection. Maybe he was a dentist in a past life. He also adored hard-boiled eggs, eat them up completely including the shell.

Lumine lived for 2 1/2 years. Miss ya, big guy.
 
2012-10-25 07:20:33 PM
I can't figure out why I love pet shop mice and rats, but if I see a house mouse running around my apartment I scream like a little biatch.
 
2012-10-25 07:20:40 PM

Cerebral Knievel: Der Poopflinger: Pfighting Polish: /Prediction? Plague.

dont forget rabies

rats are not known to transmit rabies, and there has never been a recorded case in the united states at least of anyone ever getting rabies from a rat


that's because they were all crazy with the rabies
 
2012-10-25 07:21:12 PM
When we found him, he was blind and soaking, slumped in an alleyway, clearly close to death.
He struggled to stand, then listed to one side and collapsed again. We watched him for a moment, horrified. And then, because we couldn't just leave him there to die, we picked him up and brought him inside.


Ya know, that's part of why I wear solid shoes. I can put a sickly suffering alley rat to a quick end with the application of my heal.

/The other reason is my neighbors often don't pick up after their dogs.
 
2012-10-25 07:22:20 PM

Der Poopflinger: Pfighting Polish: /Prediction? Plague.

dont forget rabies


It is exceedingly rare for a rat to carry rabies, and in the US there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a rat, ever.

And really, the plague? When's the last time people actually worried about that? That thing you brought home last night for a quick fark is much more likely to give you some worrisome disease than a lifetime of handling rats (though I don't recommend farking them). The biggest problem with rats is their god damn incontinence. They piss where they damn well please, or don't please. Doesn't matter. They gonna piss.
 
2012-10-25 07:24:06 PM
Rats have the best personality among pet rodents. They are gentle, seem to have a sense of humor and never bite, unless its a play-bite. So there.
 
2012-10-25 07:25:11 PM

Rezurok: It is exceedingly rare for a rat to carry rabies, and in the US there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a rat, ever.

And really, the plague? When's the last time people actually worried about that? That thing you brought home last night for a quick fark is much more likely to give you some worrisome disease than a lifetime of handling rats (though I don't recommend farking them). The biggest problem with rats is their god damn incontinence. They piss where they damn well please, or don't please. Doesn't matter. They gonna piss.


wow, they sure do sound like a fun pet with the pissing wherever and whenever
 
2012-10-25 07:26:19 PM

Der Poopflinger: Rezurok: It is exceedingly rare for a rat to carry rabies, and in the US there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a rat, ever.

And really, the plague? When's the last time people actually worried about that? That thing you brought home last night for a quick fark is much more likely to give you some worrisome disease than a lifetime of handling rats (though I don't recommend farking them). The biggest problem with rats is their god damn incontinence. They piss where they damn well please, or don't please. Doesn't matter. They gonna piss.

wow, they sure do sound like a fun pet with the pissing wherever and whenever


They leave little poop nuggets everywhere too. But I guess you're okay with that sort of thing?
 
2012-10-25 07:30:37 PM

Oldiron_79: or as my python calls them, Dinner


Better than McDonalds I guess.
 
2012-10-25 07:32:44 PM
They are rodents. They are vermin. They may be 'social creatures' but so are some wasps, and I won't be keeping those for a pet either.

Rodents chew holes in walls, cause destruction, spread disease and feces/urine everywhere, etc. etc.

If you want one as a pet, fine.

But they're not domestics, and they're not even partials like cats.

Do rats scare off or eat mice?
 
2012-10-25 07:33:26 PM
I have never had a pet rat. The little poop nuggets intrigue me. I feed my dog rolled condoms, that way the poop comes out pre-bagged.
 
2012-10-25 07:38:29 PM
Glad to see all the rattie love in here. Here's my contribution to the cute rattie pics.

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Raphael

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Uriel
Yes, that is a PS3 controller, and yes, Uri was HUGE

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These snuggly boys would sleep either on me, under my hand, or pressed right up against me while I slept.

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Raph being silly

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Raph and Uri looking for jerky, along with their "uncle" Gabriel

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Enoch loved hanging out in the tomato planters when he got to be an old man.

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Grigori, not quite sure of the camera

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Me, with my first rat, Simon, and my dog, Kodiak. I'm certain Kodiak reincarnated and came back to me as Grigori. There were just too many similarities and repeated patterns in their lives. I'm curious to see if he does it again.
 
2012-10-25 07:38:39 PM
That reminds me just three weeks ago I got a kitten at a pet store. There was a brother and a sister but I only let my daughter get one even though she wanted both so she got the girl one. Then next morning I got up, got my cup of coffee and went to her room to let the kitten out. The cat zipped past me and made b-line for the kitchen were my wife was serving food. I heard my wife yell like crazy so I ran to the kitchen. She told me a mouse ran across the kitchen and in less than a sec the kitten pounced and broke the mouses neck and was holding it's lifeless body in it mouse. I woke my daughter up and took her to the pet store and we got the kittens brother as a reward.

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/True Story!
 
Rat
2012-10-25 07:39:41 PM
Chiming in?

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2012-10-25 07:41:28 PM
imageshack.us
 
2012-10-25 07:41:41 PM

Via Infinito: Der Poopflinger: Rezurok: It is exceedingly rare for a rat to carry rabies, and in the US there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a rat, ever.

And really, the plague? When's the last time people actually worried about that? That thing you brought home last night for a quick fark is much more likely to give you some worrisome disease than a lifetime of handling rats (though I don't recommend farking them). The biggest problem with rats is their god damn incontinence. They piss where they damn well please, or don't please. Doesn't matter. They gonna piss.

wow, they sure do sound like a fun pet with the pissing wherever and whenever

They leave little poop nuggets everywhere too. But I guess you're okay with that sort of thing?


They can be box trained, like a cat.
 
2012-10-25 07:42:57 PM
A well-socialized rat is a great pet. I had a black hooded rat named Rowan. She'd wrap her tail around my wrist, grasp my finger with her little paws and lick every inch of it she could reach. She was a sweetie.
 
2012-10-25 07:44:15 PM
Rats are adorable handfuls of love. The only complaint I have about them is that they die too soon and it is heartbreaking.
 
2012-10-25 07:44:24 PM
I for one was mislead by the headline and hoped this about the real Mr. T.... I am disappoint.
 
2012-10-25 07:44:46 PM
I love rodents.

For some strange reason most really don't need to be bread to domesticate them - if humans interact with them (usually at a young stage) then they like humans and won't cause grievous bodily harm.

There are many instances of where larger rodents such as beavers, capybaras, porcupines, etc. can establish a "friend" relation that extends a lifetime. then again there are rodents such as squirrels that become nasty after puberty.

Rats seem to recognize people as people. Smaller rodents such as mice and gerbils don't seem to. When my sons kept gerbils they accepted handling but I really don't think that they made the connection between the hands holding them and the people with the hands.
 
2012-10-25 07:46:38 PM
"I never met a rat I did not like"
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2012-10-25 07:48:49 PM

Via Infinito: Der Poopflinger: Rezurok: It is exceedingly rare for a rat to carry rabies, and in the US there is no known case of a human contracting rabies from a rat, ever.

And really, the plague? When's the last time people actually worried about that? That thing you brought home last night for a quick fark is much more likely to give you some worrisome disease than a lifetime of handling rats (though I don't recommend farking them). The biggest problem with rats is their god damn incontinence. They piss where they damn well please, or don't please. Doesn't matter. They gonna piss.

wow, they sure do sound like a fun pet with the pissing wherever and whenever

They leave little poop nuggets everywhere too. But I guess you're okay with that sort of thing?


Like I said, that's the biggest drawback. You have to be careful where you let them go. Otherwise they're great pets and really mellow, and it's not like a rat is going to flood the room. A paper towel oughta do the trick. The shiat I find to be less of a concern, it's tiny and very easy to clean up.
 
2012-10-25 07:49:17 PM
Man. Rats are such intelligent cuties, but I don't think I'd ever be able to deal with the short lifespan.
 
2012-10-25 07:49:27 PM
It is chesesy in here...
 
2012-10-25 07:50:42 PM
Today is my 68th birthday. And I'm thinking about posting James Cagney's often mis-quoted quote about rats. And, just to think, my 3rd grade teacher said that I'd never amount to anything.
 
2012-10-25 07:53:06 PM

Strix occidentalis: Man. Rats are such intelligent cuties, but I don't think I'd ever be able to deal with the short lifespan.


Have you perhaps considered a pig? They are very smart and live longer. I know were you can get one really cheap and he does tricks.

www.weirdasianews.com
 
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