MEET SPLINTER JUNIOR
THE Rat Man is back.
His birth certificate may say his name is Shane Mundt but he calls himself Rat Man and since the death of his rat Splinter last year he’s cut a lonely figure on Penrith’s streets.
But now he has Splinter Junior on his shoulder – the grandson of Splinter.
His new eight-week-old rat only took two days to train and already life seems as though it’s back to normal for Rat Man, who now doesn’t have to deliver bad news to his fans that he’s ratless.
“People have been asking me for four months ‘when’s Splinter back?’” he said. “I’m happy because parents can’t get angry at me anymore for not having Splinter with me because they bring their kids to see him.” Splinter Junior has taken over his grandfather’s role seamlessly and Rat Man even demonstrated how agile his new companion is, jumping up and down with Splinter Junior on his head.
Splinter Junior hardly moved and isn’t at all at risk of jumping off his owner’s head as he walks down High St. “Rats can’t see more than two feet, so he’s not going anywhere when he’s on top of my head,” Rat Man said.
“He’s quieter than Splinter.” Rat Man, who is known now in more than 50 countries thanks to media coverage, said rats provided owners with endless entertainment and comfort.
“They’re just like dogs but they cost about 1 per cent as much to feed,” he said. “He sits on my shoulder as I eat my dinner.”
Rat Man has returned to the streets of Penrith with Splinter Junior. Picture: Justin Sanson