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African Pouched RatKali aged 6 weeks
Kali's vital statistics
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Species: African Pouched Rat (Cricetomys gambianus)




14 June

Because the rat’s room had so many places for them to hide I’ve stopped letting them out in there. I am now letting them run in the hall, stairs and landing where Kali used to run. They were very wary at first but they are starting to get used to it. They have explored the hall but haven’t yet gone up the stairs or explored the landing. I hope as they get bolder they will discover upstairs.

Babu, being the bolder of the pair, was the first to explore the hall. He quickly found the treats I had left around for him but he didn’t climb onto the chair or investigate the toys I had left on the floor for them. I hope they will both use these as they get used to this new area.

Catching them was a bit easier because there isn’t anything for them to hide in except their carry case. I had to catch them one at a time in the carry case because If I’d waited for the second rat to get the idea then the first one would have got bored and run out again. Babu was the easier of the pair to coax into the carry case but Ambaa got the idea too and I was able to get her back into their house without too much fuss. She was much calmer than when I was trying to get her out from under the sofa which was better for both of us.

1 June

Babu’s coat is now nearly fully grown. All the patchyness has gone and he is looking very smart and shinny. I didn’t actually notice when in the last few weeks the adult fur grew but I’m glad there wasn’t a problem. He did look rather odd with uneven patches of fur over his body.

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