The Arty Blogness of Ansate Jones

RAT HOUSE (June 2008)

So back in my former life I was in grad school for Animal Behavior. Since I have a great love of maligned species I decided I was going to do my thesis on handling methods for laboratory rats. I made it through one experiment and decided it just wasn’t for me, so I left with a Master’s. However, I had about 40 rats kicking about after that experiment that would be euthanized if I couldn’t find them homes (this is part of the reason I decided animal experimentation just wasn’t for me). I’d decided that rats were for me, though, so I took two home myself, House and Wilson, and gave one to a man from out of town who wanted a new companion for his elderly rat. That still left 37 to figure out what to do with, so I took some pictures of them in the hopes that someone online would help me out. The story has a happy ending; a rat rescue in the Bay Area took all the rest and they lived out their lives in a modified barn <3<3

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