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Rats sometimes die in the funniest ways.

This is a topic I'd have never even thought about a couple of years ago, but I think the rats, even in death, are trying to keep my life interesting. Maybe they think that I'm running short on things to talk about, or maybe they know I'm repeating myself. Nonetheless, rats do die in the funniest ways.

Spooge died clinging the bars of his cage with his teeth. Thanks to rigormortis setting in, it was quite a challenge to get him out of there. Of course the Rat Fanclub thought we humans had come bearing gifts and so we also had to get them to stop using Spooge's corpse as a trampoline. Obviously Spooge got the last laugh.

One of the Terd rats apparently died in his sleep on the top shelf of his cage. He also apparently got shoved off for being too cold or for being in the way. We found him as a pancake at the bottom of the cage, actually, it was more like Flubber.

Another of the Terd rats who also died in his sleep, died sideways. I think he died mid-scratch because he was all curled up except for one foot which was sticking straight out.

One thing that is not funny about rat deaths is that more often than not they die with their mouths open. This is slightly bothersome as they look so evil this way!

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Disclaimer: There are many non-sarcastic accounts and tips on the web regarding rat care. This is not one of them. These are merely accounts of our experiences with rats, our perceptions of these experiences, where we've failed and where we've succeeded. These accounts are here for two purposes:

    1) To entertain.
    2) To help avoid repetition of mistakes

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