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RIP, Oreo

Rats make great pets, but their lives are so short. Oreo passed away sometime. As I was letting everyone out for the evening, I saw Oreo's body in the cage. She's been sick for a while, so it's not a surprise. I'm glad she's no longer suffering, I just wish I could have done more for her.

I estimate she was 2 - 2½ years old, the equivalent of a ~50 year old human. She was a clever girl (especially for being a "dumbo" rat- with the large ears), even figuring out how to open the door to my room (it doesn't completely latch closed). She had a great fondness for granola bars she'd hunt down, and enjoyed spending time running through the leaves (for a very long time, there was a big pile of leaves right by my apartment I'd let her out in).



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rainbow_goddess
Aug. 2nd, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. That's one of the reasons I decided not to get a second hamster after my first one passed away. They don't live long enough. :-( He looks like a cutie.
aberwak
Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
Thanks. I had told myself after my second rat died (in November), I wasn't going to get any more... but then I realized that I enjoy having them around, even if it's just for a short time.