‘My rats love me, when I cry they lick my tears’: Meet the woman whose rodent …

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Sadie Whitelocks

14:52 EST, 8 March 2013


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15:33 EST, 8 March 2013

A woman has told how she loves rats more than people, including her estranged husband.

Chantal Banks, who stars in an upcoming episode of TLC’s My Crazy Obsession, has a total of 19 long-tailed friends – which she describes as children – in her two-bedroom home.

She lets each of the rodents lick her lips, nibble food from her mouth and run across her while she sleeps.

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Rat mania: Chantal Banks, who stars in an upcoming episode of TLC's My Crazy Obsession, has a total of 19 long-tailed friends in her two-bedroom home

Rat mania: Chantal Banks, who stars in an upcoming episode of TLC’s My Crazy Obsession, has a total of 19 long-tailed friends in her two-bedroom home

Her rat mania started when she was just 16 years old.

‘When you find your purpose in life you know it, and that’s what happened to me when I saw the first rat,’ she said in a preview of the TLC show.

‘I’ve had them pretty much ever since and I’ll never be without them.’

Mrs Banks found someone who was able to deal with her love of rats and for 11 years she was married to Chester.

Comfortable lifestyle: Mrs Banks has created hammocks inside the cages for the rats

Comfortable lifestyle: Mrs Banks has created hammocks inside the cages for the rats

Loving relationship: Mrs Banks shares a cracker with one of her rats

Loving relationship: Mrs Banks shares a cracker with one of her rats

The couple have a son together, Kevin, who says: ‘I grew up with siblings and they were rats.’

But now Mrs Banks’ obsession has
spiraled out of control, her marriage has hit the rocks and she has moved
out of the family home.

‘My husband didn’t really want to take
care of my rats anymore and it was very demoralizing’

‘Chantal would go out and buy two or
three rats for whatever reason and then I’d find out about it later… I didn’t want any rats,’ Mr Banks explains.

While he is hopeful that his spouse will stop hitting the pet store, Mrs Banks says the relationship is well and truly over.

‘My husband didn’t really want to take
care of my rats anymore and it was very demoralizing and it was very
difficult,’ she recalls.

‘My husband will never have the type of bond that I have with my rats.’

My best friends: Mrs Banks said that her rat obsession started when she was just 16 years old

My best friends: Mrs Banks said that her rat obsession started when she was just 16 years old

Come to mama: Mrs Banks says the rodents are like children to her

Come to mama: Mrs Banks says the rodents are like children to her

Now living alone in her own apartment Mrs Banks dedicates much of her time to her little furry pets.

Each rat has human name such as Lily and Janice, which apparently reflect their personality.

‘Burka likes to eat but he doesn’t like to exercise. Janice loves to kiss, Lilly is my jumper.’ the mother-of-one chimes.

While she likes eating with them and teaching them tricks she also delights in ‘huffing’ them.

The act involves her enthusiastically nuzzling the rodent’s belly.

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Rat Lady

Dealing with the rodent mania: Mrs Banks’ husband Chester (left) has had enough of the rats, while her son Kevin is quite fond of them and describes them as his siblings (right)

‘It smells good, it smells like nachos!’ she exclaims.

When she doesn’t see her rats for a while she says that she suffers from GGMR, standing for ‘I Gotta Get More Rats.’

Summarizing her obsession she says: ‘I love rats more than I love people. I can’t live without them.

‘My rats love me, they don’t judge me. They love me for who I am. When I cry they lick my tears.’

Season two of My Crazy Obsession premieres on the TLC network Wednesday, April 3 at 10pm

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I think this lady is absolutely lovely, and I am glad her son is obviously standng with her. I would absolutely love to meet her. I am glad that her friend posted a comment defending her too
always go for what your heart tells you to!
Does loving and rescuing pets make you a hoarder if your house is clean and they are well taken care of?
one day as I was walking my dog I found a pet rat locked in its cage that had been thrown out with the trash; I had had hamsters before but never a rat. he turned out to be an amazing pet, very sweet and friendly that I kept for several years. Now that he has crossed the rainbow bridge, I have rescued a pet rabbit found on the street …

nicefrenchgurl
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metz,
09/3/2013 04:23

This woman may seem strange at first glance, but I would want to be her friend if I met her. Someone who really loves animals (even if they are animals others might not find appealing) is obviously kind, caring and of a wonderful nature. If there were more people in the world like her, it would be a much better place.

Tessa
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NZ,
09/3/2013 04:16

There’s nothing wrong with rats. They are one of the most intelligent animals, which is why we have used them in experiments. Because of our experiments with rats, everything from our education system to medicine has been improved. Rats are also friendly and clean (depending on how well their owner looks after them). Google on youtube. Rats will even laugh if you tickle them. Leave this woman alone!! These rats have a better home here than they would have had if they ended up in other places (sewer, laboratories, etc)

somewhere
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brighton, United Kingdom,
09/3/2013 03:55

Willard

Dee
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Las Vegas,
09/3/2013 03:43

Let’s try some real journalism here, not just reprinting press releases like this.

Lona
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Middle West, USA,
09/3/2013 03:43

That’s nasty

FayLeeSeeah
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US,
09/3/2013 03:22

To all those out there, this woman is an amazing person, a fantastic mom, and someone with a passion for something. Do you know her personally? (Seeing that this is a British website, I’d have to go with no) No? Well she is one of the most kind women I know out there. If you don’t like this article, please kindly go to the top of your web browser, press the back button and leave before posting a comment that could hurt someone as awesome as she is.

KateVee
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Montreal, Canada,
09/3/2013 03:12

I don’t know is this real or fake but my god!! The woman is obviously not all there!! She has 19 rats? What!!!!! And also I’ve a Phobia of them so maybe that’s why I’m so she’ll shocked!! Her poor son and husband! She said her calling in life was to have 19 rats? Truth is stranger than friction!!

Katie
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Cork,
09/3/2013 03:09

Vile

Emma
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Hobart, Australia,
09/3/2013 03:09

Having 19 of any kind of pet makes you an animal hoarder. She needs counseling.
– mrsAYL , USA, 09/3/2013 02:20————– Presumably bee -keepers are except from this rule?

Julie
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Leicester, United Kingdom,
09/3/2013 03:04

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