A happy ending for Carnelian

Posted in Adoptions at 6:00 am by Jenn

Another rags to riches story from the annals of ACR&S.

Carnelian began life as a feeder rat.  We don’t know anything about her life before coming to us.  She was left at a wildlife rehabilitation center by a mean spirited woman who had brought her (along with six other rats) to feed to the animals there.  The compassionate staff did not feed live animals to their wards.  When the woman threatened to take them home and “run them through a blender”, they kept the rats, but contacted us for help.

Unfortunately, two of the rats were male.  We split the five girls with another local rescue, keeping two girls and both boys.  Carnelian was spayed, as we feared she was in the early stages of pregnancy, but it turned out she was not.  The other rat, Onyx, did not appear pregnant, but surprised us with a hearty litter of 13 soon afterward.

Lauryn contacted us looking for a friend for her rat, Ebony.  Ebony’s partner, Ivory, had recently passed due to complications from a tumor (not unusual for rats, sadly).  She said she could tell that Ebony was lonely, even with the hours of attention that she lavished on her.  So we decided to make it a date.  The meeting was pretty laid back — both rats peed on each other and then started heartily ignoring each other.  (Which is actually a good sign — ignoring is much better than fighting!)

And a few days later, we got some great news:

I thought I would give you an update. Everything is still going great! They are already sleeping in the same cage! It kind of happened by accident, but we have not had any issues! I think Carnelian is the dominate one. She gained confidence after becoming familiar with the sights and smells of the room. As an extra precaution, I am not leaving them in the same cage when I am not here. I really don’t think we will have any issues.. I’ve only heard a few squeaks of protest when someone is grooming another too forcefully. And as I type they are both sleeping under a pillow!

Sometimes the best parts of adoptions are getting to meet people’s animals, and this was definitely one of those times.  I’ve rarely met a rat as friendly and sweet (and spoiled!) as Ms. Ebony, who immediately tried to crawl into my shirt and make herself at home.  Thank you so much Lauryn, for offering one of our sweet rats a forever home!


  1. Celia said,

    March 27, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Such happy news! It is always difficult to have a pet grieving over a lost love one but it is also sometimes difficult to match their requirements in a new companion. This must have been a match made in heaven. Now Ebony and Carnelian have each other for companionship and they have Lauryn to serve there every wish and desire! How much more “happily ever after” could there be?

    Good work ACRS humans- another dream come true! (and 13 plus more to go!)

  2. Amanda said,

    March 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    What a great story, and what an awful start. A blender – really? Those rats got very lucky when they met you. Great job!