Had a lovely time this afternoon meeting up with a couple of other local rat lovers at Wood Green animal shelter’s Squeak! event – free guinea pig health checks, kids’ activities to make small pet treats, and talks on keeping various kinds of small animals like gerbils, mice and rats, among other things. We of course homed straight in on the rodent room and were delighted to have the opportunity to stroke some of Wood Green’s adorable mice, not to mention a good long session cuddling the rats one of their volunteers (also a rat keeper and a member of the same web forum we use) had brought in to do ratty PR.
It was obviously a great event for kids – the place was full of them and many had had their faces painted – but the rats were a huge hit since they’re so sociable and curious, not to mention big enough to be robustly handled. One little lad was very earnest about wanting to keep rats when he was older, although the rats mosty seemed to like making flying leaps onto his woolly hat!