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Lovecraft Hellibel (RIP)

   
Lovecraft Hellibel
Origin: Born here - my seventh Lovecraft litter
Born: 10 February 2014
Died: 23 July 2015: 17.5 months
Cause of death: Respiratory distress (PTS)
Colour/variety: Black
Known genetics: a/a M/m
Health: No health issues
Weight: 481g
Merits: NERS Grand champion
Temperament: So licky and confident, and super cheeky
Nicknames: Hel

Hellibel was an incredibly difficult loss. She started with a respiratory infection while I was away for 4 days and was not put on meds until I got back. Despite another 4 days of two types of antibiotics and antiinflammatories, she kept getting worse and at the vets it turned out that whilst one of her lungs was squeaky and raspy, the other was entirely compacted. Her sister in another home had died from acute respiratory distress a month earlier, so it is very likely that the litter has a weakness or susceptibility, and as Hellibel hadn't responded to the medications at all, and there's nothing that can be done for a lung at that stage, I elected to let her go rather than attempt further treatment. Although she was very poorly at that point, it was such a difficult decision and I miss my sweetest girl so much. I'm so sorry darling.

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Oh Hellibel, what a little wonder this rat is! So loveable and affectionate, super licky and mischievous - a real "has it all" rat who is so much fun. She has a 'softer' body type than her half-siblings Crimini and Mistily, but a much more people-oriented temperament and loves mutual grooming sessions and generally getting fussed. Hellibel enjoys initiating games with her human as well as her long-suffering cagemates. As a baby she was just so happy and quickly stole the hearts of many. As an adult, she remains an incredibly licky and sweet natured doe, a gorgeous deep black with the softest coat and very little silvering. She is still a very active, bright and happy girl, although physically she is now rather pear-shaped and has a tendency to bagginess and weight gain. She works well in her group and happily deals with new experiences such as visitors or busy show environments.

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