08 Feb '12, 1am

Rats! Maligned rodent can make a great pet

Rats! Maligned rodent can make a great pet

This undated photo courtesy of Kimberly Jackson shows Flutterby at Kimberly Jackson's home in Falmouth, Maine. -- PHOTO: AP (AP) - Rat lovers are used to being misunderstood. 'When my husband told his ex that we got rats, she said, 'On purpose?'' says Tami Kaplan of Waltham, Massachusetts, proud owner of three of the maligned rodents. Look past your preconceptions and you might fall in love, like Robin Rushlau of Dresden, Maine, foster and adoption coordinator with Mainely Rat Rescue. 'I had friends who had rats - I wouldn't even look at them. I thought they were the creepiest pets ever,' she says. But her daughter convinced her to care for one while the owners were on vacation. He was far from the perfect specimen - obese, lice-ridden and the exact colour of a wild rat - but, Ms Rushlau says, 'I couldn't believe how wonderful he was. At the end of the two weeks I wouldn't...

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