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Petal and her sisters, Floss and Spare, were impulse GMRs.

We went to a bbq with a lot of people we knew from the rat fancy. The person hosting the bbq had to nip out to pick up some rats from a feeder breeder that was getting rid of their rats. 11 baby girls came back with her.

They were tiny, thin and fluffy. All terrified and jumpy and didn't like to be handled at all, but Floss picked James out as her favourite human. She just sat on his shoulder like she wasn't a nervy baby at all. I told him that we couldn't take babies, especially not girls and he looked so heartbroken that I just sighed and picked out Petal! GMR spread around everyone at the bbq and most of the babies had been homed, only one pair remained. A friend of mine sidled up to me and said that if I took one of them she'd take the other, so we both went home with a trio. We called our third girl Spare as she was part of the spare pair!!

Petal is more confident than she was. She will often come to say hello and is happy to be held now. She is still on the small side but well filled out and shiny.

Name: Petal
Origins: Rescue
Sex: Female
Birthday: Guestimated at 9th May 2009
Weight: 232g
Variety: Black hooded
Cage: Sayama
Relatives:Floss and Spare
Personality: Shy and bashful but starting to come out of her shell.
Health: Clicky chest when she first arrived, cleared with no treatment.
Status: Non-breeding, entire.

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