Throw back to a couple of weeks ago when the rat babies were just about to open their eyes. I decided to keep this girl, her name is now Dawn. She's such a sweet little girl, plus the marking on her head is so unique and her big dumbo ears are the cutest! 🐭
I've been selecting the friendliest of the liters to raise as breeders, and slowly but surely the rats are becoming more calm and friendly with each generation. The first couple pairs I adopted were rescues, and had a lot of personality issues. I don't know anything about their past or their parents. I did my best socializing their babies, but many were still very shy and skittish, most likely due to their parent's mistrust of humans. They wouldn't let me pick them up, freaked out whenever I went near their cage, and were very skeptical about receiving treats by hand, some were even biters. I'm a few generations in now and most of the rats don't show any signs of the issues their elders had. I think a lot of it was learned behavior from their parents, and a good amount was generational too. Though one of the friendliest rats I have now, is the daughter of the meanest rat I had. All of her siblings were mean too, even though I handled them all the same and worked with each of them to get them used to me.
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