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Arkanys 2 - Fancy rat by DianePhotos Arkanys 2 - Fancy rat by DianePhotos
Arkanys, black irish dumbo rex rat, born April the 16th 2010.

He is my newest rattie boy, the sweetest baby rat, the most cuddly, licky, playful and loving boy I've ever had (he can sleep on my boyfriend and I for hours then licks our hands when he wakes up, always asks for cuddles and adores to play with us).
I have always wanted to adopt black or agouti rats (I will have a baby agouti one with standard ears soon too, my favourite color and ear shape :heart: ) but I had never had the opportunity to adopt one, as I do not chose my rescue ratties colors/coat/ear shape at all, I just take them home the way they are. Since Ægir is always asking for rattie friends to play, I thought it would be great to adopt young rats for once (my old ones are not playful enough).

Arkanys comes from an unwanted litter from a rescue doe, Harley, who had been abandonned by her previous owner. The foster family who rescued her didn't seem to know males and female rats shouldn't play on the same area together and the girl who adopted Harley soon discovered that she was pregnant...
I saw a video showing Harley's pups and my boyfriend and I just melt when we saw Arkanys cute little nose and white socks... So we adopted and I must say this rattie is the cutest thingie ever and I can't believe such a small rat has so much love to give :heart:


My entry for :iconanimal-love-club:'s contest (animal testing). I love his pose here, it almost looks as if he were trying to look human.
How can people use such innocent creatures for cosmetics sake and many other products? Please support products that don't involve animal testing, you can find the full list on the OneVoice website.


Canon EOS 350D
Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens
Philips Living Colors lamp

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:iconmelanie76:
Melanie76 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hes beautiful congratulations!
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:icondemonie:
demonie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Remy
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faded-elf Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
the curly whiskers are really funny :) i have never seen that before^^
and yeah...girls are hyperactive^^ when i get them out it takes long till they finally calm down and let me cuddle them. but when they get older they love cuddling too :)
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Thanks a lot =)
I love curly rex rats whiskers too, they always look quite funny =)
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Songodog Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
give me ur rat or u will know what will happen :p
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:iconjoogonz:
JooGonz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
my favourite one, he's soooooooooooooo cute :D
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evilflibble Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
He is so adorable. The bright colors make wonderful photo backgrounds. His whiskers are fascinating. :)
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:iconladysovvs:
ladysovvs Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
What a cutie! I want a rat so bad!! They're just too cute.
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:iconthe-chaoskittie:
the-chaoskittie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
I adoooore the rat series! The loveliest creature I've ever seen.
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:iconbluexsunshine:
bluexsunshine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
So cuuuuute! My little sister has four rats, they really are some of the smartest, sweetest, most endearing and interesting small animals you can own.
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Keiitan Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Writer
That face!
It's all like, "I'm so superior than yous!"

I'm gonna have to ask though...
What's with his whiskers?
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Leona Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Keiitan, he's a rex rat.
Rexes have curly fur, including their whiskers!
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Keiitan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Student Writer
Ah. I did not know that.
Let's see... I've had dumbo, fancy, patchwork and blue something... Smokey blue? Mixes...
But none with curly fur, so thanks for clearing that up.
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mollymelone Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010   Photographer
OOOOH, Ratatouille :D
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tomorokoshiko Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
haha i like his whiskers! hes so cute :D
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:iconracama:
Racama Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
The one I prefere :)
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:iconvalendefresa:
valendefresa Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
love it soo much
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Thank you! :)
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:iconthe-exiled-draco:
The-Exiled-Draco Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
He's cute ^-^
What's up with his whiskers?
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Same as ~brocko18 said ^^
Rex rats have curly whiskers and fur, velveteen ones also are slightly curly (a bit less though), there are also double-rex, harley, hairless, satin and standard coats :)
Fancy rats come in various different coat types, colors, markings and ear shapes :)
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brocko18 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Student General Artist
That's a trait related to the breed- Rexes have the curly whiskers.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Thanks for giving an explanation to *2K-Dragon, I would have written a way too long one else ^^
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:iconbrocko18:
brocko18 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Lol, anytime. I should have probably commented on the actual photo, but you have a VERY adorable rat :3
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SpiritOfTheWolf87 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Very cute picture! Funny how he was born the same day I was turning 23 :XD:. I've always wanted a pet rat and name it Splinter, but I don't think my gf would allow me to have one :XD:. Still a very cute picture :).
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Thanks a lot :aww:

If you take a rat someday, please take two from the same sex, rats are highly social animals who absolutely need rattie friends to play with ;)

It's all explained here : [link]
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raevenilonka Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Traditional Artist
He has a life, like any other creature. I agree that he looks human (and cute) and that you cannot use animals for testing -our- stuff.
Awesome photo, love the colors!
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Thank you very much! Animal testing shouldn't exist, there are safer methods (a bit more expensive though :/)
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:iconraevenilonka:
raevenilonka Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
I'd rather pay some more than use things that are animal tested.
You're very welcome :D
cuddle Arkanys for me!
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Same here, I do not use products tested on animals except when really needed (such as medecines, which I tend to avoid as much as I can, too). I saw rescue animals that had been tested on some years ago and this made me cry as they all look traumatized and pretty sick :(

I'll give a cuddle to Arkanys for you (as soon as he wakes up ^^)
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raevenilonka Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
Yes, I try to buy as many 'safe' products too. But it's hard to find everything non-animaltested.
I can imagine they're really sick and hurt when they get out. IF they get out.

<3
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Very few of them get out, these ones had been rescued by someone who worked in the lab, their skin was burnt in places :(
I'm using the OneVoice list to find products that aren't tested on animals :)
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raevenilonka Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
aww, poor things. seeing that they test on so many different kinds of animals (even protected ones!).
I hardly wear makeup, and only use the mascara and eyeliner from the Hema (Dutch store) which are 'safe'.
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
I use the B Never ones (Lush's cosmetic brand) which aren't tested on animals. A bit expensive, but really nice ones! :)

There are also safe ones in the organic store where I live, I've not tested these yet though... next time :)
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dvcomk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
only an artist can extract so kindness of this little animal...
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Thank you so much :aww:
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coliecat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
this may be one of my favorite pictures of all time.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Aww thank you :)
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HAHAjaeHAHA Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student
Im going to steal him! I miss having pet rats :(
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Haha no stealing, he's my rattie ^^

Pet rats are the best :heart:
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GlowyStix Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
This is possibly the CUTEST damn thing i have ever seen <3 I love Rat photography. When I first got my bald rats, I did a photoshoot with them :P It was very adorable.

He's a cutie-- Looks very sweet. Reminds me of my first rat, Peek-a-Boo. I think he was mixed with a Dumbo. he was a BIG boy. ery sweet too, he had the same personality of your little boy.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Aww thank you so much :hug:
Rats are wonderful :aww:
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GlowyStix Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
They are-- and so many people don't realize that. =\

I have a Sugar glider now too. [: She's not a social one though. She tends to stay to herself alot more.
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stanna777 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
he's so damn cute
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Thanks :)
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Avlys Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
what a cutie! Gotta love those whiskers!
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Thanks a lot ^^
He has got some funny whiskers indeed :)
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Mavrosh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Omg, how cute is tha little one! Awww, he is a true photo model :)
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I wish he could pose, he always has the funniest expressions but he moves VERY fast ^^;

Thanks :)
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romanysoup Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I love his curly whiskers. =)
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Thanks :)
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