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Arkanys 8 - Fancy rat by DianePhotos Arkanys 8 - Fancy rat by DianePhotos
This picture is featured in my rat photography book Fancy Rats - Portraits and Stories published by Amherst Media

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My cute little baby rattie boy yawning :heart: :love:

Arkanys, black irish dumbo rex rat, born April the 16th 2010.

He is the sweetest baby rat, the most cuddly, licky, playful and loving boy I've ever had (he can sleep on my boyfriend and I for hours then licks our hands when he wakes up, always asks for cuddles and adores to play with us).
I have always wanted to adopt black or agouti rats but I had never had the opportunity to adopt one as I do not chose my rescue ratties colors/coat/ear shape at all, I just take them home the way they are. Since Ægir is always asking for rattie friends to play, I thought it would be great to adopt young rats for once (my old ones are not playful enough).

Arkanys comes from an unwanted litter from a rescue doe, Harley, who had been abandonned by her previous owner. The foster family who rescued her didn't seem to know males and female rats shouldn't play on the same area together and the girl who adopted Harley soon discovered that she was pregnant...
I saw a video showing Harley's pups and my boyfriend and I just melt when we saw Arkanys cute little nose and white socks... So we adopted him and I must say this rattie is the cutest thingie ever and I can't believe such a small rat has so much love to give :heart:

Canon EOS 350D
Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens
Philips Living Colors lamp


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Critique by gingerbreadgir1 Jun 14, 2010, 9:12:36 AM
I think this picture is just adorable :meow: i want one of these in my house. the picture is realy nice i like all the detail and the 'action shot' is realy affective. also think the animaL in the picture is in the perfect position to see the detail and the beauty in its fur and the baby pink in its little hands. :aww: on the animal it has the cutest ears and the photo that has been taken is one of those things were its irisistable to just say 'aww'. your amazing photography will make anyone jelous because this picture is amazing to just sit and stare at.

~a great pic~
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Your emotions in your photos are improving. This rat looks like it has had a long day and just totally fatigued. I am not quite sure the neon colors was the best choice here again considering that the subject is so dull // dark ... I say this only because I believe to some degree it distracts from the focal point of this piece but it does brighten up the photo nevertheless. Another thing I'd like to mention is that I believe it would also be better if you try to tone down the sharpness of the photo. Your photos actually. A little softness//mainly smoothness is good so try that the next time and see how it looks.

Again, keep it up! :thumbsup:
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Naughty-b-Nature Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YES! That´s exactly how my little ratty rascals wake up after a long rat nip! Heart Heart  

The only differences be that mine are nude, and all but one Dumbo female have normal ears.
Nice to see it in a pic, my camera is not good enough to portray this behavior, although I tried...
Utopya6 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a cute little baby :hug Yuki Sohma Rat (Pretty Eyes) [V1] 
Wulfsista Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, that is so cute. I am sure it wasn't easy to capture that, but you did it ;)
AutumnDayzzz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Are you kidding me?

I'M GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it's so cute!
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2018  Student General Artist
ah cute :)
Archoldereign Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Must have been a curly night of sleep. If the whiskers tell any tales.
Usagi-Atemu-Tom Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh what a perfect moment to capture this. This little one is simply adorable, especially when yawning and stretching. Great capture you set this perfectly into scene!

pperelman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
OMG...this is wonderful. Perfect capture. What a beauty! 
JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable! I love this photo! You are lucky :)
gorsefeather Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Niky94 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear *^* I've just discovered your gallery and I really can't get enough!! :love: They are so adorable!! :D And you're an amazing photographer :la: Great, great job!!! :la:
Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
Animals are cool.
hermafrodite Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
it looks sleepy
Vandal030 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017
Adorable photo, very nice.
Kejti2002 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
:) :) :)
AbbySeesBeauty Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You caught a rat yawning and stretching how amazing, beauty in the making. Yes, I loves rats. great job!!
DCLeadboot Featured By Owner May 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, he's such a cutie! :aww:
ErCapoAlex Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Bren-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This photograph is just adorable!  :heart: 

Really beautiful capture! Just captured at the right time :love: 
Zeppelinrose67 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww ^_^
Cutest yawn *ever*
mirroreyes1 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This pic really made me smile!  Love 
KBtheDerp Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016   Digital Artist
This is a great capture!~<3
rockyrufus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Cute cute cute I miss my rats amazing pets
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Only carnivorous mammals yawn.
All carnivorous mammals yawn.
LiteraturaBDSM Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Hum....even reptiles yawn, dude. 
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I meant vertebrates in general. I do not know the connection between meat in the natural diet and yawning.
tropicaya Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg. I love this pic and the fellow in it.
Ratizz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
goosetooth Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
My mom is horrible to think mice are gross they are the cutest things ever omg Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
FoxyThePirateFox728 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
OMG this is adorable! I have wanted rates for a while but I currently have a Roborovski hamster 
BaNR Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Professional General Artist
Cute!! ^^ The moment and the composition! 
Pappa60 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Sooo very cute! Years ago i had some pet rats. ...Wery intelligente animals. :-)
leeme4eva Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
aaahhhh ahhhhhhh ahhhhh So cute~ Little baby <3
CatFromDream Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
I've never seen a baby rat yawn. What a nice and cute moment!
Vee-Ray Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Student Filmographer
I was just about to say that too. Why add more of the same comments? Baby rats are so cute, this totally emphasizes that!
Infinity8989 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
This is my most favorite one and also the cutest thing i have seen in a while Heart  Love 
Sissy-Sinamon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww... Lovely
Honestly, makes me think about if I want one, too. But I got a cat. Probably won't do any good. :(
Stormclooks Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If you get rats you can just separate them and let the rats play in a different room :)  I have more than four cats and three rats, I just keep them apart <3 :)
BGinks Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016   Filmographer
agh the cuteness is strong with this one.
sedruff Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
VilDeviant Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww, what a cute critter! Never had a rat myself, but from rat owners I learned that they make amazing companions and can be so much cutsier than anyone can imagine! And this photo is a proof of cutiness, amazing shot!
KariChococat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
cute Bear Emoji-08 (Rolling Love) [V1] 
kr1st1naa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks like this rat woke up to a bad-whisker-day xD So cute! :D
SusieTheSquirrel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, so kewt!
LyricalAutumnWind Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist

I made the most ridiculous squealing sound when I saw this. What an adorable baby! And the shot is magnificent. :iconiloveitplz:
Frozenpopsicle88 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MonocerosArts Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
It's so sleepy. :)
Animewolf4545 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Indiana-Time-Rider Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Awwwww, so cute! X3
AggroMiau Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:happybounce: ohhhh cutie wootie baby ratty :squee:
Now I have to move to your profile and instantly :+devwatch: you/them Flirtatious 
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