Story: Pets

Pet rats (2nd of 2)

Pet rats

Pet rats Wendy and Lisa are owned by Wellington actor Jean Sergent-Shadbolt, who often goes for walks with them perched on her shoulders. They are known as fancy rats: Wendy is champagne-coloured, while Lisa is dark with white markings, and each is about two years old. Friendly and curious, they enjoy eating fruit, vegetables, oats, cat biscuits and un-hulled sunflower seeds, and gnawing on wood and other hard materials.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Pets - The modern New Zealand pet', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Nov 2008