There is a new type of pet rat: here’s how it happened
Until finally not long ago, almost all pet rats were being Norway Rats (Rattus Norvegicus.) Also recognised as “Fancy Rats”, these were offered in pet shops, bred by breeders and even utilized in study. The domestication of these fosserial (burrowing) animals was a interesting and rather surprising tale: Nationwide Rat Fancy Culture: The Domestication of the Rat.
Norway Rats are not the only form of “true rat species”, but for quite a few many years they had been the only one particular that you could get as a tame, domesticated pet. The other typical rat species, arboreal Roof Rats (Rattus rattus or Black Rats), are often discovered near people, but were not becoming bred as pets. A rescued or captured Roof Rat could possibly learn to be tame, but their offspring would not inherit that tameness. They ended up not genetically tame. We improved that.
We are attempting to selectively breed them for tameness, to create a line of genetically tame Roof Rats. Folks can adopt these rats from us solely absolutely free of demand and breed or retain as animals. Curious how we did it? Examine the story!
The origin of a new pet rat species: How and why we bred Domesticated Pet Roof Rats (Rattus rattus.)
Roofy the Roof Rat when she was a little one. She started out it all
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