Snickers, a.k.a. the fat brown ratty, passed away in his sleep last night. He was a 2 years and two months old.
Snickers, a brown hooded domestic rat, was adopted by the Nesmith family in January of 2008, along with Frederick, a black hooded rat. Snickers and Frederick lived in a pleasant 3-story rat cage, and enjoyed playing with their owners. Snickers was particularly fond of collecting bits of paper and carrying them into his cage for a nest. He loved to eat, especially crickets, and was very sensible about hiding from predators, like Mitzi and the ubiquitous basement hawks.
Late in his life, Snickers was stricken with cancer. He managed to live with the disease for some time, due to the care of his people, who fed him special treats by hand as he got frail.
He is survived by his adopted brother, Frederick, and his people, Robbie, Eli, Jane, and Bruce. He will be missed by all.