June 4, 2012

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 4

Day 4: A picture of your night...

Well, I usually blog in the morning. But I already know what I'll be doing.

I'll be playing with this sweet little girl! This is Hazel Nut, my pet rat! Isn't she adorable? She's an African Soft Fur (ASF for short) rat and is about a week old. Her eyes haven't opened yet. I hold her at least once a day so that when her eyes do open (which I hope is soon) she'll recognize me and not try to escape. She's at the developmental state called "fuzzy". When they're first born, ASF's are hairless and pink (called "pinkies"). Once her eyes open, she'll be what's called a "hopper", because they do jump very far distances. This type of rat doesn't get very big and are more like mice in my opinion. I can't wait until Hazel gets older, because I'm going to train her to do a bunch of stuff. Rats are pretty smart and very easy to train. 

Hazel is very adventurous! Even without being able to see, she climbs all over my arms and loves to perch on the very tips of my fingers. She is such a sweet girl and hasn't tried to bite me once. I like to think of the marking on her back as a cute little cape...maybe I'll have to change her name to something more super villain-y. I also love the black on her ears and the very tip of her tail. From what I can tell, she loves sleeping at the very bottom of the pile her brothers and sisters make. 
Here's a video of some other one week old ASFs from an online breeder. So cute! 

And another video of a person training her ASF (a baby a little older than Hazel) to spin. I can't wait to be able to train Hazel to do this kind of stuff! 

My family is breeding ASF rats, mainly for people who want to feed them to snakes. (But since I've marked Hazel as mine, she'll probably end up being a breeder once she gets older.) If anyone is interested in buying some of these cute rats, whether as food or a cute companion, let me know! 

--Lexi Lou

P.S. If you want me to do a regular segment about Hazel, let me know in the comments!


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