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15 August 2006 @ 10:56 pm
The Rat Baby Diary Giveth, And The Rat Baby Diary Taketh Away.  
Mysterious Baby #13 LIVES! Little Red's camera batteries, however, do not. Neither does Little Red's sense of self, because Lela wins the battle of wills, and before 7 AM, no less.


Lela's attempt to chew her way out of Alcatraz continued all through the night. She failed to get past the plastic rim, but dumped a mug full of water all over everything, so she and babies were relocated into Jadzia's cage (aka, the giant monstrosity in my room where the girl rats all normally live). She then proceeded to start chewing those bars, even after I emptied a spray bottle in her face (apparently, she never read that particular "how to train your pet" article. More's the pity).

"She's just filing her teeth down so she doesn't hurt the babies!" Gira insists, and I don't say, "Unless she's filing them into sharp points," because that would be uncalled for.

I left for work with Jadzia cowering in her hammock in fear, but by the time I returned, both Jadzia and Lela seem much happier with the new arrangement. Then Lela sat on my shoulder and licked my earring all cutely lest I stop feeding her or something.



And On The Fifth Day... Mysterious Baby #13 has reappeared! I wish very much to have a snarky and rather implausible explanation, but I am at a loss. Explanations welcome, conspiracy theorists!



One down, three to go! Ezri's boys, 4 days old. We have successfully named... one! Gira named the top one Starjumper after Skywise's wolf in Elfquest. Because we aren't geeky at all, nonono.



I'm Ready For My Closeup...



We're two for two on Lela's girls, name-wise, still. Kes is on the bottom, Keiko is second from the top. And dude, Keiko can really move! She took off at the baby rat equivalent of a run when I pulled her out of the cage today. I need baby rat video camera footage!

No picture of Lela's boys today, I'm afraid. Their overwhelming cuteness ate every last battery in the house, and I am off to costco tomorrow. I'm praying hard that it's cursed batteries and not my camera!

And one more random picture, taken while I was trying to convince the camera to work:


Take Me To Your Leader!

Poll #796819 The Little Red Is Too Tired For The Funny Poll!

Mysterious Baby #13?

THOR!
18(34.0%)
I'm sure there's a perfectly reasonable scientific explanation, Mulder...
19(35.8%)
Clearly in possession of powers beyond those of mortal rats.
7(13.2%)
Orchestrating all of this for more rat baby diary airtime.
9(17.0%)

Should Little Red's camera actually be broken, how should the baby rat diary best be immortalized from here on in?

Interperative dance.
11(20.4%)
Anthropomorphized as two houses on The Sims, with Mysterious Baby #13 the result of an abduction cheat code.
5(9.3%)
The Best Fanfic Ever where Pairing Of Your Choice have like ten thousand babies!
5(9.3%)
Stick figure cartoons with thought bubbles on MS Paint.
25(46.3%)
Periodic posts about how I don't have a camera, punctuated with lots of asterisks and exclamation points and the word *flail.* (Realism Is For Lovers, baby.)
8(14.8%)
 
 
feel: sicksick
hear: squeaking
 
 
 
Major Fischerfreifraufischer on August 16th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
Completely unrelated but I love your icon.
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ornithoptercatornithoptercat on August 16th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Seconded! Excellent name.

Maybe baby rat #13 has just been hiding under rat-cage-stuff some of the time? Or maybe it has invisibility powers!
elliejane: duckyelliejane on August 16th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Am fascinated by the ratty goings on, hee.

And am equally amazed that they really are "ready to be born" in that condition. What it is with the "eyes wide shut" gig, huh?? Although obviously rats have done ok, even though being born into a cruel, cruel, utterly dark and invisible world (btw, the "cruel" is not meant as an aspersion cast upon Little Red the Rascally Rat Wrangler. It is for dramatic effect only, hee).

Oh, I think Puddlejumper an excellent name as well (see comments above).

Btw, you were recced on StargateFicRec and I wound up reading something of yours I don't remember reading before (gasp) "Knowledge" all Sparky sexxin' and smokin' hot, yay! Really enjoyed it, loved the way you crafted it to give a real sense of the way they were melding together.

I must go back and see if there are any other nuggets I have somehow missed, omg.

Tammy - never give up, never surrender: SG1 - S/J Groovy - besydbesyd on August 17th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
[hugs you muchly] I've missed you!

Whee! You're a rat!granny! Truly, they're so ugly they're cute.

More when I'm awake and not about to make a long drive the next morning.
georgie: gleegeorgierae on August 18th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
::squeals quietly::

getting cuter!! (tho they'll look tons better with fluff...)