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Gerbert Rat Rat Saint Paul, MN
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Estimated birth date: 6/9/22
Personality: Very shy (you are unable to touch this animal without it running away or being fearful, etc), Aggressive (lunges, bites, etc), Inquisitive, Nervous, Very curious, and likes to explore but easily scared/startled
Favorite treats: Cooked peas, green beans, carrots, yogurt, cheerios
Current Diet: Fruit, Veggies, 50/50 mix Oxbow Essentials Rat Food and Mazuri Rat Food
Favorite toys and activities: Hideaway hammock, boxes
Potty trained: We're working on it!
This animal’s daily routine: His cage is in a fairly quiet area downstairs, away from pets and people unless his foster specifically goes downstairs to see him. She will bring him a treat every time she approaches the cage, and talks to him for a while. She will let him run around on the couch every evening and give him treats during this time out.
BFF (Does this animal have or need a friend of the same species in their home?): Needs a buddy in his adoptive home.
Other species this pet has been exposed to and reaction: None
Has this animal been exposed to children? What was their reaction? None. We do not recommend he is adoptive to a home with young children.
Health concerns: None
Behavioral concerns: Gerbert is in our trust training program for shyness and nipping when approached too quickly. Learn more about our trust training methods at https://www.mnpocketpetrescue.org/trust-training
Other Notes: He currently needs a quiet, calm environment and he is easily frightened by strange noises and movements. However, he is slowly getting used to his foster and once he learns that people are friends we think he'll be a great pet.
His foster has also put clothing in the cage so he gets used to her scent. He used to try to bite her hand through the cage bars but now he only sniffs! He would not let anyone touch him for a while but now his foster can pet him for a few seconds while he licks yogurt before he runs and hides.
Update 9/19/23 - When he is playing outside the cage Gerbert will crawl on his foster's lap and take treats from her hand but he will then scurry away. He is starting to let her touch him when he's distracted by his favorite treats, but as soon as he's done eating he tries to bite or run away. His first reaction is still to bite.
Gerbert came to MN Pocket Pet Rescue as a transfer from AHS due to behavior concerns.
Due to our rescue being foster based, not all foster homes are located in Saint Paul, MN. This animal's foster parent prefers to meet at the Petsmart - 1640 New Brighton Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55413 for meet & greets, & adoptions.
Fee: Gerbet has an adoption fee of $15
We absolutely DO NOT SHIP ANIMALS! Please do not ask.
All rats within MNPPR have tested negative for the Seoul virus before being placed up for adoption.
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