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2015-02-10 19.59.34-1 by JoeMcGro

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.
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Joe McGrory
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
Joe McGro is a cool kid hailing from Long Island, New York who draws non-stop cartoons and comics. Joe went to school in Denver, CO at RMCAD where he graduated with a degree in 2D animation and later moved out to Burbank, CA - where he now resides. Joe is constantly drawing up new characters and developing his own ideas for series and totally lied about that cool kid part.

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MyArtsyWorld Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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i really love your art style! it's so cute and cartoonish??!! It's so awesome!! Continue doing your amazing job and enjoy the llama and watch! i hope to see more of your fantastic work in the future!!
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JoeMcGro Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like my stuff.
I should be posting new work fairly regularly so I hope to see you around.

I'll take good care of the llama too, thank you.
The-Scarf-Husky Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Jello :). I love your style!
JoeMcGro Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Hey, thanks so much!
AstroGirl123 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey!!! Happy bday!!! I hope you passed it well! :)
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