About Ronnie & Derek
Ronnie and Derek are Pink-Eyed White (Albino) rats, born in early December 2018. They moved to their new home in Chelmsford, England on 30th January 2019.
The website domain – ratta.co.uk – is derived from ‘råtta’, which is Swedish for rat!
It was clear from the start that Derek is a bit shyer than Ronnie, so he was named after the shy, dithering 1990s Coronation Street character Derek Wilton. Ronnie was named after a few energetic and entertaining Ronnies – Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker… and of course BBC local radio’s Ronnie Barbour.
Derek has a slightly darker coloured coat than Ronnie, but apart from that, there’s not much difference in their appearance.
Ronnie was a bit more adventurous and livelier than Derek when they were young, but Derek quickly came out of his shell, possibly after seeing Ronnie trying new things first.
Derek’s more agile and climbs the inside of the cage in a more elegant way than Ronnie, who always seemed slightly clumsy!