“Best friends” companion rats that survived fire now looking for forever home — together

Back in August, more than a dozen rats were found in two abandoned rabbit hutches that had ben set on fire and left in a park in North Wales.

Those pet rats — nine males and six females — were saved from what the RSPCA called a “horrible and painful” death, but some suffered burned fur and whiskers when they were discovered in Bruton Park, Rhyl.

The rodents wound up at the RSPCA’s Newbrook Farm Animal Centre, as well as Bryn-y-Maen Animal Centre  and Gonsal Farm.

Now, some of animals, include a rat name Craig and his best friend named Greg, have recovered and are looking for a permanent home, together.

The arrived in rough condition, but despite their poor start in life, both are growing in confidence and in the “loving care” of their temporary foster family together, the organization explains.

“We are looking for a loving home to take on both boys after their traumatic beginning. As this duo aren’t the most confident around new environments and people, they are looking for a home that has previous experience of rats who can give them the slow and steady pace they require towards handling and care,” their adoption notice says.

The RSPCA points out rats are social creatures and do need each other for company.

“As rats are social animals, they can get depressed and develop abnormal behaviour if they live on their own,” the organization explains. “Pet rats should be housed together from a young age and should ideally be siblings. They should be kept in small same-sex groups and are perfectly happy without the opposite sex.”

Craig and Greg are best friends. Photo: RSPCA

The RSPCA continues to investigate what happened to Craig and Greg and all of their buddies, and is still looking for tips, which can be called into 0300 1234 999.

Meantime, let’s hope Greg and Craig find their forever home soon.

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