A dumbo rat is simply a normal domestic rat, Rattus norvegicus (same species as almost all pet rats), with a mutation that enlarges and widens the ears and places them lower on the head. Somewhere along the line most of these rats appear to have been heavily selected for a docile temperament. They suffer no disadvantage due to their unusual ear set and size and slightly broader, flatter heads. In fact, their winsome sweet faces appear to be largely to their advantage when it comes to out-cute-ing the competition, whatever the species......
I saw my first Dumbo rat the other day and I fell in love immediately. I am of course a fan of the adorable hairless rat...but I believe I may have room in the future for a Dumbo as well. It is difficult however to come across certain kinds of small animals when your purpose is rescuing. I did feel horrible when mt 2 girl mice gave birth, I felt ashamed I brought life into this world when so many already need homes. But I look at it as a gift from my Coal mouse who passed recently. He was their daddy and I see more and more of him in them everyday.
Anyway, like I was saying, I LOVE DUMBO'S. My animals come to me through fate I think. And as the saying goes..."When a rodent is in trouble, I am not slow, it's hip hip hip and AWAY I GO!!"
Oh my goodness!!