Bear and Rei belong together. They're sisters, best friends, and partners in crime. You simply can't have one without the other - and I think Rei knew that.
On Monday night, I gave Rei her yogurt, told her I loved her, and pet her goodnight in her hammock at about 3am. On Tuesday morning, I woke up and she was gone. We don't know what happened, we can only make our assumptions, but we choose to believe Rei just wanted to be with Bear.Rei was our tiniest little terror. Our perpetually moving baby - unless she was asleep all the way up in her hammock, it was her favorite. She loved being high up and would constantly scale the cage, leap to high ledges, and crawl all over us to see where else she could get. It was her sense of adventure that she got from Lily, someone she followed around like crazy as a baby. It was like she was Rei's mentor. Maybe that's why Rei was just as loving too.
She didn't always like to be held, but Rei would groom the shit out of anyone. She was aggressive with her love. We'd constantly hear Bear peeping from across the room because Rei was grooming her - and when we came to intervene, she'd shift focus to us and groom our hands. It felt like she could do this for hours, and it usually left us laughing. She was just a silly weirdo.
It really sucks seeing the rat-mansion so empty, but it gives me peace knowing Rei is finally as high as she can be and by her sisters side - in the great big hammock in the sky <3
I love you, ya little weirdo. I hope you never give Bear, Lily, or Emmy a moments rest.
I posted a lot more pictures of my rat-babes over on my twitter. I encourage everyone to pop over and look at what wonderful pets rats can be. They truly are some of the best friends I've ever had. twitter.com/joemcgro