Guess what….

Guess what I got today?

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A little baby rat!! (and yes they did put her inside a paper bag for me to take her home in! isn’t that terrible?)

I had to stop off at the pet store on the way home from school today to get more bedding for Fro’s cage, and there were all these adorable little rats in aquariums – feeders. Meaning of course they are bred to be food for other animals, as I am so used to seeing now… However, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for all these little cuties and before I knew it, I was asking one of the ladies who worked there if I could just hold the little cream colored one – just for a second. That’s all it took – I held her and I said “I’ll take her” and that was that.

Her name is Bella and she is absolutely adorable! She is as small as a mouse right now so she must be very young, and she is very tame. She had ridden on my shoulder all around the house already. I have to train a rat for a class I’m taking in January so I knew I would have to get a rat eventually.

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At school today I got to hold some interesting critters….such as a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (and it was really big too!), a Tarantula, a California King Snake, a water dragon, and some lizards. Pretty cool!! I was not so thrilled about the cockroach though, as you can see by my face in the photo.

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Today is a special day as it would have been my Grandma’s 87th birthday. She loved animals her entire life, and I know she would have been thrilled if she knew where I was right now. I didn’t even find out about the EATM program until about 6 weeks after she died last year.

Happy birthday Grandma, we all miss you and love you very much.

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Angus adored Grandma, and the feeling was mutual   : )