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My Helyan looking like a sweet plushie :heart:
I know the composition is quite boring but I really wanted to make a soft formal and centered portrait of him as I've got way too few shots of him...

Helyan - himalayan seal point dumbo rex, born October 4th, 2008 - deceased September 25th, 2010

This rattie was a rehomed rat, his previous owner couldn't keep her rats anymore so I adopted two of them; Krokus and Helyan (she had very beautiful and rare rats, nobody wanted to adopt Krokus -black berkshire standard- and Helyan because they weren't "original" enough compared to the other ones... :fork: )

Helyan was a weird rat, he was a nice little guy but he was autistic so his behavior was very different from the other rats', I had to learn to understand how he tried to communicate since he lacked the normal ratties social codes.
He could be a cuddly boy sometimes and lick our fingers but he tended to be scared without any reason or look at something invisible for hours. I had to hand feed him for over 3 months after I adopted him since he wouldn't eat because he was afraid of other rats. The craziest part of it is that he loved to sleep with them but was scared when they moved. And he let himself die each time I tried to separate him from the other rats, so I had no choice but to feed him where he used to hide.
He learnt to trust people and other rats though and finally became quite curious... not a playful rattie but he seemed to enjoy life much more than he used to at the beginning :heart: He also often asked for cuddles and seemed to be very happy every time he saw me and I talked to him :love:

Unfortunately I had to put him to sleep because of cancer... :tears:

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


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:iconnicoletheblackvixen:
NicoleTheBlackVixen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love her! she looks like mah little chai :D
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:iconmermaidwannabe:
mermaidwannabe Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
so cute
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:iconbammio:
bammio Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww he really is beautiful. I absolutely love the photos of your pet rats and I respect you for looking after them so well. :heart:
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:iconcaecanyx:
Caecanyx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
adorable :)... I had one too, but she died :(
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:iconcrazyhedgy:
Crazyhedgy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
That's an interesting story. Glad to know he's having a good life. :D
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:iconbleed4love:
Bleed4Love Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
What can I say, I love blue, soft, light, pale colors and cute, cuddly critters.
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:icondaddysgirl376:
daddysgirl376 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
how many rats do you own?
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:iconkotlah:
Kotlah Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
He looks like a polar bear
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:iconthe-skullcat-mistres:
Bless you for rescuing this little guy and rehabilitating him. You're a great rat parent, very devoted I see, and that is so refreshing to see. He looks like a little doll in this picture.
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:iconslimestone1:
slimestone1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
He looks. so. cuddlly!! 8D I just want to smush hims and kiss him and smush him some more x3 Nawww!
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:iconfuzzyxpanda:
FuzzyxPanda Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
If I had to choose, I believe this rat would be my favorite. :D IT'S THE CHUBBY LITTLE CHEEKS, I TELL YOU. C:
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
I've got plenty more shots of him I'll post tonight, he's got such a cute face :heart:
Thanks a lot :)
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FuzzyxPanda Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :heart:
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:iconleona:
Leona Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
:) One of my <3 rats was a dumbo himi. I miss my big squishy Jake so so much.
This is a beautiful shot. I really think the clean background and simple composition works best for portraits like this. Lets the personality in his (ADORABLE) face shine without any distractions!
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Aww thanks :hug:
I really wanted to keep this shot simple as I didn't want to detract from his lovely face... I love the fact that he almost looks like a little polar bear here :)
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:iconwebdoll:
Webdoll Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
OMG i love his cute little nose, he looks so huggable
:hug: he is a beautiful little fella.
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks :)
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:iconwolfpack5554:
Wolfpack5554 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Beautiful
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks ^^
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:iconwolfpack5554:
Wolfpack5554 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
No problem.
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:icontoughtoothy:
ToughToothy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
He looks so.....CUTE <333 I like the colors~~~
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks :)
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:icontoughtoothy:
ToughToothy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
<3
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:icontuneout34:
tuneout34 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Your Helyan is probably one of the most sweetest creature I ever saw! It's so cute. :love: I can't get over his cute little ears and nose!! Adorable ^^
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks a lot!
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tuneout34 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
no problem ^^
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Light020395 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist
Good
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks
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:iconcheekyrats:
cheekyrats Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Absolutely beautiful :)
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks :)
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:iconcheekyrats:
cheekyrats Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
You're welcome :)
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:iconcheekyrats:
cheekyrats Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Absolutely beautiful :)
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maisy120 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ommm, beautiful ^ _________^
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks :)
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:iconshiyajo:
Shiyajo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010   Digital Artist
omg it is sooo cute xD
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thank you :)
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gothicpirate666 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
AHH it reminds me of my ratta!! adorable
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks :)
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AcidddTrip8247 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
this is adorable ^_^
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks :aww:
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:iconmileniakitsuvee:
MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love colour pointed animals. And this rattie looks so cute and soft! I want to pet him now.
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconkimb0ner:
kimb0ner Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
aawweee so adorable!
i have two boys and one girl. :D
ratties are SO cute!
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thanks :)
Are you planning to give your rattie girl a friend to play with ? :)
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:iconkimb0ner:
kimb0ner Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
my girl plays with one of the boys, he's a big cuddler and doesnt react like the other boy. :P

i had to separate my boys though :( the cuddly one was not too fond of his brother.
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:icondianephotos:
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
Is the boy neutered? I hope so, as rat are fertile very early (from 5 weeks old to their death) ^^; Nice to know she has got a friend to play with though :) Way too many people have only one rat which is quite sad since lonely rats can have serious behavioral issues as they are higlhy social animals...

Too bad the brothers didn't like each other :(
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:iconkimb0ner:
kimb0ner Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
yeah he is :)
its sad that people dont realize that they do need a cage-mate.
the reason my girl is on her own is because her cage-mate passed :(

the one that still with me got a tumor, so i brought her to the vet, had it fixed,
but i had to keep them separated for a week to two weeks
and the other girl (who passed) was already older...and it stressed her out a lot.
she went through this depressions spill. :( it was so sad. she died in my arms.

as for my boys, i was upset about it too. the one who isnt fixed is such an active little guy and all he wants to do is wrestle and play...but his brother is a big baby. :P
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Throneofsouls Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010   General Artist
He's a real darling.

Though you say he's autistic? I know humans can have autism (myself included ) but I wasn't sure if animals could have that sort of condition. As a former pet owner I know what it's like having to feed an animal of yours by hand before the'y eat from the bowl (and even getting them to eat by hand can be an exercise in patience.)

Anywho,I wish your pet many years of health and happiness
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
I thought he just didn't like me at first, I took him to several vets (specialized into small mammals) and they all told me he seemed to be autistic, so I guess they are right... I learnt to understand how he felt and how he tried to communicate, he's a much happier little guy now, and I can see he really loves me as he asks for cuddles and always comes to see me (and even sometimes licks my hands) now :heart:
I didn't know animals could have that sort of condition either before adopting him...

Thanks a lot for your nice words by the way :hug:
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wrecklesswannabe Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
He is quite adorable I have to say. He seems like he has alot of character in a way. Great picture!
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