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Thor 3 - Fancy rat - RIP by DianePhotos Thor 3 - Fancy rat - RIP by DianePhotos
Thor, bareback spotted russian blue dumbo rex rat, born inbetween october 2006 and october 2007 (I don't know his real age since he was a rescue rat) - passed away April the 15th 2010 during his sleep... Good bye my little friend :tears:

This little guy was about to be killed by a breeder who wanted to get rid of all his breeding stock (over 60 rats).
He comes from the same rescue mission as my Bélial.
All of them suffered from several diseases, many of them died because they had suffered too much and couldn't be healed anymore.
I took six of these ratties home as a foster family and adopted two of them (Bélial and Thor). The four other ones have found great families, some of the ratties from the same rescue mission are still up for adoption in other foster families and animal shelters.

Thor is blind and suffers from chronical respiratory troubles.
Although he was afraid of humans and "roared" when breathing when I took him home, he learnt to trust human beings and is now in much better health condition.
He couldn't move because he had lived in a very small box for over two years, he now runs everywhere and plays with my hands and his rattie friends.
He also can breathe without making noise anymore.
He loves to explore the house although he cannot see anything ^^
I would have NEVER imagined such a hurt rattie would heal that well and would learn to love humans...

He's one of my oldest ratties, a very cute boy with very funny expressions :heart:


I love the way he looks here, he seems to be an old sorcerer or something similar ^^

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Vigdys Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thor was very beautiful. You did well to tell his story is touching to know that you managed to tame and he had a late happy life. I always wanted to cuddle and educate a rat. They are so smart and so funny and endearing attitudes. I only wish they live so little time ...
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Blindseer95 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Blessed little baby. I'm glad you gave him a fulfilling end.
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Kelshray Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*3*
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kathcake Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
you're amazing for doing that - breaks my heart that such intelligent and intense creature are overlooks mainly just because of they size. They are amazing. He's a sorcerer indeed...
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salembaby Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
what an amazing picture, and such a gorgeous story behind him. his story brought a tear to my eye, reminding me of all my adopted rescue ratties who have now passed.

Such a beautiful boy, thankyou so much for all you done for him, having the will to help him trust in the love you offered him...
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big0bear Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
love the look of "Fear my POWWA!"
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xYouDidx Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
awesome <3
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ViperaGlacialis Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love his eyes :heart:
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Thanks :)
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Thunderrat Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Really cool look! His eyes are amazing, altho blind he looks likes he sees right thru you (which he probably is). Thor is probably in Valhalla now, giving the fact that he fought for his life 3 or 4 years.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Thanks a lot!
I guess he was able to see through people although he was blind indeed (he seemed to exactly know my mood and my friend's mood so he always calme to lick our hands when I felt sad or tired and asked to play when I felt happy).
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Itchys-rats Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
blind rats are just amazing creatures...
I have a rescued blind male that a pet store gave to me since "nobody wanted a blind rat"
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Thanks a lot :hug:
Glad you rescued this rat, he would probably have become snake food either :(
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Coyote-Walker Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Aww, sounds a lot like the situation my dog came from -- puppymill -- it's awful that people do this to animals.
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Asfodel Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
this picture has stolen my heart..
*R.I.P. thor*
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seeing-the-dark Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ben, the two of us need look no more. Ben, we've found what we were looking for ...

:D

Very creepy shot in all the best ways.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Haha, Willard ^^
Thanks a lot :)
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Sythgara Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow.....he looks like those creepy elder rats from animated movies. he's awesome
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
That's what I was aiming for ^^
Thanks a lot :)
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Ewa5 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow, this is an amazing photograph. Your right he does look like a sorcerer or wise man. The expression is priceless! Are his eyes always blue like that? I have seen rats with black eyes and a blue ring around them but never all blue like that , it is gorgeous!
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Thanks a lot for your nice words!
Actually, as written in the description, he's blind hence his blue eyes color.
His eyes are always blue, but it seems that they're becoming slightly darker.

Thanks again
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Ewa5 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Oh wow. I also have a blind rat but her eyes are not blue. They are a strange red color.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Is she really blind or does she have a bad sight due to her light-coloured eyes ?

I've got a one-eyed rat with a weird red eye color aswell (actually, he still has both of his eyes but the right one is not functional), he has some kind of light spots in his right eye...
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Ewa5 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
No she is really blind. I have 2 rats with red eyes , one can see just fine and the one I am talking about is just blind. I don't think it has anything to do with her eye color , just bad luck or bad breeding. Light spots ? Maybe it is cataracts?
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
I had thought about cataracts but the vet told me it was more likely to be due to the fact he had been beaten... his eye must have been damaged then :(

Sorry to hear about your rattie's eyes, I was talking about "light-coloured eyes" because I've fostered many pink or red-eyed rats who used to "scan" all the time as they had poor sight, none of them was blind though.
Maybe your rat comes from an inbred litter, it can cause several malformations (I know someone who bred two rats that were somehow related, she didn't know about that and the female gave birth to an eyeless baby [link] :( )

As long as it doesn't bother your rat, that's fine :) The little eyeless rat (called Onirie) has a normal life, Thor doesn't have any trouble exploring the whole appartment aswell.
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Ewa5 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
He used to be beaten?? By a human? How could anyone do that to such a little creature?
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Evey-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Effroyable ... j'en ai la gorge serrée.
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Idem... Il était dans un état lamentable quand je l'ai recueilli, c'était horrible à voir et à entendre (je n'arrivais plus à dormir la nuit tellement il faisait de bruit en respirant :( )

Il va vraiment mieux maintenant, il court, joue, grimpe partout, réclame des câlins et respire sans bruit la majeure partie du temps (ça lui arrive quand même parfois de "ronfler" un peu, auquel cas je lui fais des inhalations d'huiles essentielles, ça lui fait beaucoup de bien ! )
Ses yeux sont aussi beaucoup plus foncés qu'avant, je me demande si sa cataracte précoce n'a pas été due à des carences...

C'est vraiment un rat adorable, les autres rats de ce sauvetage le sont aussi :heart:
Je ne comprends pas comment leur ancien propriétaire a pu tous les maltraiter à ce point, ils étaient tous dans des états catastrophiques, tant au niveau physique que psychologique :tears:
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Evey-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
On commence à te lire, c'est avec une boule coincée dans la gorge ... on termine avec le sourire. Je suis contente de savoir qu'ils vont bien et qu'ils peuvent enfin jouir de leur existence !!!

L'une des rattes de mon ami a eu une cataracte. Elle avait exactement la même chose mais d'un oeil. Au bout de qqe temps, c'est parti ...

Encore 1000 merci ... et merci pour le site !!!
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
C'est parti tout seul ? C'est vraiment super ça ! :D
C'est un peu ce qui arrive à Thor, ses yeux redeviennent progressivement noirs... Si seulement ça pouvait totalement partir, ce serait génial !
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Evey-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oui oui, c'est parti tout seul !!! Son oeil est redevenu totalement noir !!! Qu'est ce que j'étais contente !!! J'espère que ça disparaitra très vite :)
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
En effet! :)
Je l'espère aussi :)
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SpeedHunter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
cute~!
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Thanks a lot ^^
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SpeedHunter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
you're welcome :hug:
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BenChislett Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
What a great image and an even better anecdote. Thanks for brightening my day. :)
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Thanks a lot :)
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BenChislett Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
:beer:
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing portrait of Thor. Nice use of focus. He's a cute rat :aww:
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Thanks a lot ^^
He's a very cute little guy indeed!
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome :)
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Sheeruun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is very beautiful..
I hope my rats will live that long as your Thor ^^
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DianePhotos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Thanks a lot ^^
I hope so aswell :)
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