Sweet Civi, the little pet rat we gave our youngest for Christmas just over a year ago, died unexpectedly yesterday morning. I know many of you aren't rat people, but she was a dear pet with a huge personality and will be greatly missed. Rats generally only live about three years, but losing her this early is heartbreaking. She was a brave little thing - shortly after she went to live in her new home, she escaped from her cage and had a grand adventure, culminating in eating a bunch of Goldfish crackers. Gotta love a pet who ends an escape with a food binge, right?
Civi liked everyone but especially loved her owner. I've never seen a rat sleep on someone like she did with our youngest...it was the picture of contentment for both of them when that happened. I'm sure there will be more pet rats in the future, but Civi won't be forgotten. RIP little Civ.