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Mara Dolichotis patagonum
Mara Dolichotis patagonum

Maras, which come from South America, look rather like local versions of hares. They are in fact rodents - members of the mouse and squirrel order - but quite hare-like in their habits.

Micky the Mara, is a refugee from Woodend Park, Kirkintilloch whose avaries and small animal enclosures have been closed.

Fawn and white hooded rat
Fawn and white hooded rat

Fancy Rats

Rats have always had an image problem - most people shudder at the thought of one.

They are almost invariably portrayed in films as verminous plagues and even George Orwell in his book 1984 made the rate the subject of the nightmare in Room 101.

However, that is just one side of the coin. The other is the growing hobby of Fancy Rat Keeping. Fancy Rats are the same species as the wild rat, but are as dissimilar as chalk and cheese.

Fancy Rats are absolutely beautiful with creams, lilac and chocolate fur. There is even a Rex , or curly-coated variety, with curly whiskers.

National Fancy Rat Society

The National Fancy Rat Society holds shows and exhibitions. For a leaflet on rat- keeping send a large SAE to
Angela Horn, 20 kings Orchard, Eltham, London, SE9 5TJ,
or visit its website on Click here . It also publishes a very informative newsletter called ProRata .

For a leaflet on rat-keeping, send a large SAE to: Angela Horn, 26 Kings Orchard, Eltham, London, SE9 5TJ.

Rodent Cages


Guinea Pig