Aban­doned pet rat finds a new home

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Animals Rescued - by Sa­man­tha Wil­liams saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk @SamWil­liamsKM

There are hopes an aban­doned rat will make a new life for it­self in Ash­ford.

Newly named Rat­tie has been adopted by an­i­mal lover Sarah Hunter, from Kingsnorth, who res­cued him from a gar­den in Dover on Mon­day.

Miss Hunter, 29, be­lieves Rat­tie was dumped by his for­mer owner and is now suf­fer­ing from an in­fec­tion and bite wounds af­ter hav­ing to fend for him­self in the wild for more than a week.

She said: “A man from Dover posted on Face­book say­ing he had a white rat in his gar­den and asked if any­one had lost one.

“A week went by and no one came for­ward.

“My num­ber was passed to him as I have rats and I agreed to pick him up.”

When she col­lected him on Mon­day, Miss Hunter dis­cov­ered Rat­tie was cov­ered in scabs from bites – be­lieved to be in­flicted by wild rats and fleas – and had a swollen back leg.

She said: “He is def­i­nitely a pet rat, you can tell from the colour of him.

“I think it’s likely some­one has thrown him out.

“No an­i­mal de­serves to be ne­glected. There are plenty of an­i­mal res­cues that will help.

“It’s up­set­ting to see such a beau­ti­ful crea­ture in a sorry state.”

Miss Hunter took him to the Mont­gomery Vet­eri­nary Clinic, in Smeeth, that day, where he was given painkillers and an­tibi­otics.

Rat­tie has now joined her at home, which Miss Hunter shares with her par­ents, as well as more than 20 pet rats, four blind guinea pigs, ham­sters, ger­bils, two cats and six dogs.

Miss Hunter and her mum Sandie also run a small an­i­mal res­cue cen­tre, called Sarandies.

Miss Hunter’s love of rats formed around seven years ago. She said: “I’m a big rat fan. They are very bright, lov­ing and car­ing an­i­mals.

“Rat­tie will be stay­ing with me. I’ve grown very fond of him.

“He is dirty, and I will give him a bath once he is feel­ing bet­ter. I hope to in­tro­duce him to oth­ers, too, even­tu­ally.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4004437

Sarah Hunter with Rat­tie

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