Gorgeous little Derek developed some breathing problems in early April 2021. On 8th April, he was prescribed medication by the vet as it was thought he had a respiratory infection. On the morning of the 9th, he rapidly went downhill and passed away while in our company.
While it’s very sad that he’s gone, it’s preferable he was able to pass naturally and in the company of his humans, without having to be put down by the vet. Thankfully he was also calm and relaxed when he left.
Derek was a well-loved, charismatic rat and there are plenty of memories of him which have been shared on this site. There are quite a few photos and videos of him from the last few months and these will be added to this site at some point.