Sophie & Luna’s Story
Sophie was 4-5 months old when she came into rescue with her “mom”, Luna Rat. A few months prior to Sophie’s rescue, another rescue of over 150 rats had been conducted at the house. The rats were hardly ever fed and were trying very hard to stop themselves from chewing on their tails or the rumps of other rats for food. Despite common belief, rats will not cannibalize unless absolutely necessary for survival. During the initial rescue, Sophie and Luna were hidden so that they could not be rescued. When Teeny Snoots was called in the second time, Sophie had severe injuries to her rump and abdomen, and Luna could not walk. Both were in such severe condition that they were not expected to survive, and, in the end, we did end up losing Luna. Sophie’s injuries were horrific and were likely the result of her being the weakest and smallest rat, and being “food” for the others when they needed. Her injuries are too graphic to show in full detail. Luna’s condition was a mystery; however, it is likely that she was thrown or severely abused. Her paralysis was severe and sudden, and she did not show any other symptoms of potential stroke. Her x-rays couldn’t determine the cause.
After arriving at Teeny Snoots, Sophie and Luna were given a comfy, flat cage so that Luna could access all areas easily. Fleece was used as their bedding to ease the pain in both of them and to keep Sophie’s wounds clean. Luna was given a mini sponge bath a few times per day and both were fed a high-calorie intensive core diet. Both were also give pain medications, ivermectin and antibiotics. Sophie being a young rescue rat, was very nervous but also very curious. She loved to explore the couch with the reassurance that Luna was nearby and safe. Luna loved resting on the couch with good snacks and TV. But, as if she knew all along, a few days after rescue, once Sophie was settled and felt safe, Luna allowed herself to pass away quietly. As with all passings, we were devastated. I kept Sophie with me all day to help her grieve and heal, until a lone baby rat named Cheesecake arrived one day. Sophie and Cheesecake became fast friends and were exactly what the other needed: Sophie was social and curious but lived with high anxiety whereas Cheesecake was shy and nervous but overall a very calm girl. They levelled each other out perfectly. In April of 2022, Sophie and Cheesecake found their forever home together with an amazing new older sister, Coconut. Sophie (now Strudel), Cheesecake and Coconut adore each other and are living an amazing life with their mom.