Rat behavior - Covering babies?

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Rat behavior - Covering babies?

Post by Loxenfo » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 09:40:47



Hi everyone,

I was thinking about something my rat did when she had her first litter of
babies. She would always be digging and poking around her cage she would
burrow and burrow, until her babies were under a huge pile of litter. It
never seemed intentional, infact sometimes during one of her
burrowing/nesting (whatever she was doing) events, she would toss both
litter AND baby aside with her back feet (if one happened to be in the way).
Could this just have been that she was an inexperienced mother? Is it common
for rats to bury their babies? (Yes they all turned out fine and grew up
into 13 rowdy little ratties ^_^)

Just wondering ^_^

Loxenfox

 
 
 

Rat behavior - Covering babies?

Post by John Leblan » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 10:18:38


Quote:

> Hi everyone,

> I was thinking about something my rat did when she had her first litter of
> babies. She would always be digging and poking around her cage she would
> burrow and burrow, until her babies were under a huge pile of litter. It
> never seemed intentional, infact sometimes during one of her
> burrowing/nesting (whatever she was doing) events, she would toss both
> litter AND baby aside with her back feet (if one happened to be in the way).
> Could this just have been that she was an inexperienced mother? Is it common
> for rats to bury their babies? (Yes they all turned out fine and grew up
> into 13 rowdy little ratties ^_^)

> Just wondering ^_^

> Loxenfox

Mine did the same thing.  In fact My 2 girls will bury everything (Food
dish included)
--
REGARDS,
John L.
"If its legal to feed rats to pet snakes, can I feed kittens and puppies
to my alligator?
http://www.moonsgarden.com/***
 
 
 

Rat behavior - Covering babies?

Post by Rachael Ne » Thu, 15 Mar 2001 11:05:16



<snip burying mum>

Quote:

> > Just wondering ^_^

> > Loxenfox

> Mine did the same thing.  In fact My 2 girls will bury everything (Food
> dish included)

Yup - my rat mummy of four*** did the same too. She often buried babies
*and* food bowl in the same place. I often uncovered the babies in case they
smothered or something, but she just buried them all over again and in the
end I trusted her judgement. They all grew up to be fine. Once they learned
to dig themselves out she gave up anyway. ;-)

Rachael

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