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Learning from Maleficent...Maleficent the rat, that is.
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Maleficent is my pet rat. She was born without her top teeth, which are very important for a rat. Almost all of a rat's favorite activities involve their teeth! She can't bite and tear/break food, so I have to make her food into mush for her meals. She also can't bite other rats in play, to establish dominance (rats have hierarchies!) or in self-defense.
Because of her lack of teeth, she seemed to adapt very "grabby" hands. I have had one such grabby rat in the past, so it doesn't mean Mallie learned something new for her species, but I have a feeling she adapted to using her hands instead of her teeth since she had no option.
...And then came my dog. She grabbed for him through the cage, and he bit her and broke her arm. The vet told me she should be alright, but could possibly have a deformity in that arm.
So now this rat has no teeth, and a disabled arm.
...And yet, she continues to be one of the happiest, most energetic rats I have ever seen.