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Oh Rats! Look what’s living under our back deck!

Yin-Yang, a domestic hooded rat at backyard dog feeder. Photo by Reinhard, Pleasant Hill, CA
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Gary:
I have been a follower of your blog/column for many years, but have never before made contact with you. Even though I don’t own a pet rat I am very curious about what the life expectancy of a pet rat is. Here is my story:

For over 2-1/2 years now we have had a visitor in our backyard.  Even though neither my wife nor I are at all fond of rodents, we kind of got attached to what appears to be either an escaped/let loose pet or lab rat which made its home under our deck. Since it is black & white we named it Yin-Yang. Yin-Yang does not appear to be very shy and seems to be very active during broad daylight hours (see above pic). He/she (?) sometimes even appears from underneath the deck when we are out in back in close proximity.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
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