Zoë's Pet Rats
In the beginning there was one white rat, a female named Ivory. Zoë felt that it was not good that Ivory should be alone, so a black-and-white male named Ben was introduced to her glass tank. They soon produced offspring, who intermated and produced more offspring, and so on. Soon several more 30-gallon tanks were needed to contain the descendants of Ben and Ivory.
In the death notice for Zoë posted on his web site <Zoë Death Notice>, Richard Hell wrote:
"Psychedelic" it was indeed!
For a true story of life with the rats as told by Robert Lund, check out Mikey's Tale, about one resourceful little rat and his way of coping with life on E. 10th St.
In May, 1991, we brought about 90 of the rats down to the Seven Seas farm in Virginia. There they were placed a special cage the proprietor had built especially for them, to await their resale to pet stores. The remaining rats continued to live with us, through several apartment moves, back in a couple of 30-gallon fishtanks. By the end of 1996, the remainder of the population had died off.