We have lost a few rats recently - Una, Limpet, Breacan
and Maddie. I have added them to the "past rats"
Maddie's death has created a lot of interest because
she bled to death from a tiny cut on her toe - nothing
could stop the bleeding, including our vet's efforts
with coagulating drugs etc. It seems there MAY be
a correlation between
blue rats (Maddie was a blue agouti) and a haemophilia-like
affliction, that has popped up occasionally in the
past. Most Australian breeders
have put their blue breeding programs on hold indefinitely,
until more tests can be done.
It was very sad to lose Maddie so early, but her
death may in turn bring awareness about this problem.
It seems it was very lucky we couldn't breed her after
all, or the problem may have spread through Central
Queensland as well.
Our breeding program will resume later this year
through RoyalOaks Tristan (mink berk) and RoyalOaks
Iseult (mink berk). Along with Tristan and Iseult,
we also have Jezebel, a mink self from RoyalOaks.
Check out the "Our Rats" sections for their