Vets, local residents rally to the rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 23, 2012 in Rat News | Subscribe

BRANDALYN TAYLOR poses with Lili and Mable, two of four pet rats rescued after being abandoned in a field near her home in the Townline/Cardwell area.
BRANDALYN TAYLOR poses with Lili and Mable, two of four pet rats rescued after being abandoned in a field near her home in the Townline/Cardwell area.
The rat is, perhaps and through no fault of its own, one of the most loathed and belittled creatures on the planet. Yet, recent events prove there are people who don’t share that opinion.

A few residents of Orangeville’s Townline and Cardwell Street neighbourhood launched a recent rat rescue when it was discovered a litter of baby pet rats had apparently been abandoned by their owner to fend for themselves.

It took four days, but they were able to recover four of the little critters from the fields behind their homes.

“They are very friendly, cute and cuddly,” said Sheri Taylor, who took part in the search. In fact, the Taylor family has adopted two of them and named them Lili and Mable.

“They deserved better than to be tossed out like garbage,” said Ms. Taylor.

“As parents and grandparents, we try to teach our children compassion for all living things. Yet, situations like this arise and we need to explain why someone would do this.”

It’s not just a compassion for life that makes the abandonment of these animals worthy of harsh criticism.

As adorable as Lili and Mable are, they might have survived, thrived and multiplied. The pets could have easily transformed into resourceful, wild animals capable of transmitting diseases and causing havoc in neighbourhood.

(A group of rats, after all, is called a nuisance and there are plenty of reasons to consider that an adept term.)

Meanwhile, the story of these rescued rats almost didn’t have the happy ending that was expected.

It turned out Lili and Mable were experiencing health problems. “I was told that it was going to cost more money than I could afford to treat these cute little critters and my only option was to have them put to sleep.

“I was wondering how I was going to explain to my 10- year-old daughter that, out of doing a good deed, something horrible was going to happen?”

Once again, though, help for the rats were forthcoming. The Caledon Mountain Veterinary Hospital came through and provided the necessary treatment and Lili and Mable are back home snuggling up to Ms. Taylor’s daughter, Brandalyn.

In a correspondence with the Caledon vets, Ms. Taylor wrote: “Not only did you help out financially and treat the rats, but you also gave me the chance to reconfirm that when you do something good for others that good things can truly happen.”

Article source: http://www.citizen.on.ca/news/2012-08-23/Local_News/Vets_local_residents_rally_to_the_rats.html

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