Most of my readers probably know that I have a few co-pets. Okay, maybe more than a few. I think people love them as much or more than they love me, so I have decided to let everyone know how they are doing.
I thought I would update you on my rat co-pets first.
Pool time with Fresno!
As you can see, Fresno is doing fine, although he is not much of a swimmer. I might give him lessons if Melly lets me.
Melly thought Fresno was lonely so she got him two rat friends. The first one is named Agouti and you can see him sicking his nose out of that tube in the photo above. Agouti is mostly brown but he has one white paw and a little white on his stomach.
Here’s another photo of Agouti. Sometimes I really wish capybaras had hands like rats do. That would be so convenient! But then I guess we wouldn’t be able to swim the way we do and I wouldn’t give that up for anything.
Paca is Fresno’s second friend. He looks a lot like Agouti but he has more white on him.
Sometimes Melly lets all three of the rats run around on her desk. Surprisingly, they don’t know how to get down. I’m pretty sure a real rat could get off that desk in about two seconds.
That huge cage that Melly got for Fresno seemed lonely with only one rat in it. The three of them fill it out nicely. And it provides some entertainment for an animal who is not quite a co-pet but who visits often. I’m not going to say who it is until the end of this post. Any guesses?
I have three chicken co-pets but I’m only posting photos of two. You’ll just have to take my word for it that Cheap is doing fine. All three of the chickens are very annoying. I don’t know why Dobbye Winnick likes his, mine are always stealing my food!
The chickens spend the night in the big hutch in the photo above. During the day, they are free to go wherever they want. But what is that new little hutch on the left?
That is a new hutch that Melly got for Winston Bumblebee Barcode the 1st! You can just see his shadowy form under the hutch part of the hutch in the photo above. WBB1 has been spending time on the porch with Dustabelle, the new rabbit, but now Dusty is fully yard-qualified so she doesn’t hang out on the porch all the time. Anyway, Melly thought WBB1 might like to do some grazing.
That hutch is cute and all, but it is maybe even a little small for a guinea pig. I would not recommend it for even the smallest rabbit.
In case you’ve forgotten what WBB1 looks like, here he is! And look at those cute little paws. His legs are so short he can hardly sit sphinx style at all!
WBB1 and Dustabelle were getting to be great friends but now Dusty is hanging out more with Oakley.
Recently Oakley had to go to the vet and she said Oakley is obese and needs to go on a diet. She does look a little amorphous from above.
This is why Oakley had to go to the vet. She has a huge tumor on her ear and smaller ones elsewhere on her body. The vet did a biopsy and said the tumors are not life-threatening but they may take months to go away. The one on her ear is exceptionally large and ugly but she would have to take her whole ear off to remove it and Oakley is kind-of attached to that ear. Luckily, it is unlikely that Oakley could pass this on to Dustabelle.
I have two leopard tortoise and one snapping turtle co-pets but Leah is going to have to stand in for all of them. They are all doing great. Melly has had Leah for almost 35 years now and she’s still going strong. I mean Leah, not Melly. Melly is going weak if she’s going anywhere at all.
I have three horse co-pets and they were all rolling in the mud the other day after it rained. Then Melly let them out of their paddocks and they ran around like maniacs.
The horses are really pretty sometimes but I have to say they do not wear mud as well as a capybara. On a capybara, mud adds character. On a horse it just seems to add dirt.
Buzz wears his mud better than the other horses.
Flopsy isn’t exactly a co-pet but he does visit a lot. Did you guess that he is the animal that is entertained by the rats? You can see him running down the side of their cage!
I guess that’s it for this co-pet update. I hope you have enjoyed it.