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Ziggy our lovely left handed Rat died late last night. The funeral party are, as I type, out in the garden laying him next to his brothers Weirdy and Gilly.
Ziggy was really rather unusual, he was black with little white cuffs and on his underside he had a large white fur swastika shape.
We rescued the three rats over 2 years ago and they moved here with us from Putney last year. They were living in a tiny little glass tank. They had never even tasted fresh food only dried rat nuggets. Ziggy in particular loved salad leaves and baby spinach which is maybe why he lived so long! The least age he could be, because you can never be sure with rescue Rats was 30 months. That's not a bad age for a Rat, believe me.
For anyone curious about the names we gave the Stardust Brothers, I've added the first verse of Bowie's famous song below.
May it be the song in your head today! Especially the much loved intro...
*Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Weird and Gilly
And the spiders from Mars. He played it left hand
But made it too far
Became the special man, then we were Ziggy's band...*