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Air assault

Air assault

 
Ronnie’s been caught on camera stealing from Derek – see video below.

It’s the usual routine – Derek goes to the side of their house with a couple of rat nuggets, then Ronnie spots him, goes up on top of the house and launches an air assault by stealing one of the nuggets Derek has. Usually there’s a bit of protestive squeaking from Derek but he was quiet this time.

I suspect Derek takes two nuggets because he knows Ronnie’s likely to steal one. It’s a mystery though why Derek always goes down the side of the house when he must realise Ronnie will be a thief – but perhaps it’s more of a mystery why Ronnie has to steal from Derek in the first place when they both have easy access to the nuggets!

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Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers

 
I recently weighed Ronnie and Derek again using kitchen scales. It’s quite tricky to do because they inevitably don’t want to keep still – particularly Derek who kept wandering off! See the photos below.

Ronnie’s previously been a bit heavier than Derek, but now Derek is slightly heavier at about 540g (and Ronnie at 535g). The ideal weight is a bit less at about 500g, so I’ll slightly reduce the amount of food I feed them and see if it has an effect. Another good method is apparently to scatter dry food around their cage instead of placing it in a food bucket.

Exercise is obviously the best way to reduce weight though, including running up the stairs, which Ronnie and Derek like doing!

Click thumbnails to enlarge. More photos on the Photos page.

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Potterat

Potterat

 
Ronnie was fascinated by this ornament of two rats sleeping in a bed together which I placed on top of their cage. Perhaps he was jealous of the little hot water bottles the pottery rats have! See photos of him investigating, below.

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BBC Essex

BBC Essex

 
Yesterday morning I sent a text to Alex Lester on BBC Essex, as he was talking about bizarre thefts, so I ‘shopped’ Ronnie to him and revealed his habit of thieving Derek’s food! He read out the text on-air – listen below.

BBC Essex, Alex Lester, 30/12/19

I’ve also texted BBC Essex about Ronnie and Derek in the past when they’ve been talking about pets – listen to these clips below.

BBC Essex, Alex Lester, 2/9/19

BBC Essex, Sonia Watson and Ben Fryer, 10/5/19

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Tube strike

Tube strike

 
Ronnie and Derek have again tried to both fit into one of their ‘cosy’ tubes – despite there being two! See below photos of them squishing into the tight space. This resulted in a tight squeeze and Ronnie eventually got kicked out by Derek!

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