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Yes, that rodent silhouette in the upper corner is a rat (more or less), and not a mouse. Eek, a "wild rat", unexpectedly was brought into my life in June 2012. At first, I didn't even realize she was a rat, let alone understand what magnificent pets rats can be. Originally all grey, she was initially identified as a black or roof rat (Rattus rattus). However, as she became an adult, the classification of a black rat fit less and less. And eventually it became clear that she really was a woodrat, specifically a Dusky-footed Woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes), a species native to our area. Eek is very affectionate, has unusually soft fur, and is industrious, curious and persistent. Scribble, a "pet" rat, also called a Norwegian or brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), is Eek's erstwhile companion. Scribble is somewhat shy, a little silly, and nearly always in motion, but equally loveable. While things haven't quite worked out as planned, it has certainly been interesting and fun...

To begin the tale at the very beginning, go to How It All Began under Rat Tales.

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