Here’s Doc. He’s my 2 pounder of pure muscle. He is humongous. If he looks normal sized in the photo, it’s only because black is slimming.
At his size, he should be a wonderful squish, but he’s not fat, so he’s not really squishy. Rather, he’s BIG. When he jumps on you, he lands with a significant impact.
And, this Rodent of Unusual Size comes with his unique behavioral issues. He’s our big wimp. He’s highly sensitive and very reactive. Without known trauma, he used to bite even to blood. That’s extremely rare in pet rats. But, we figured out that he doesn’t like his fur brushed backwards. And, since then, he hasn’t bit for blood while being pet. He does have to be removed from the cage for cage cleanings as cage cleaning freaks him out, and you’re risking your fingers redecorating his cage with him around.
He gets his own modified training sessions. Every thing is itsy bitsy baby steps for him, but he responds beautifully to positive behavior modification. He loves to snuggle and try out new food. We’ve learned to watch his mood and help him stay calm and not get nervous. He’s really brave when he’s not freaking out.
And, he loves to hang out with a blue minion especially Alfonse who he turns to bolster his bravery.
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