A VETERINARY nurse was in for a surprise when her daughter came home with a pet rat.
Susan Gibson. who works at Clifton Lodge Veterinary Surgery, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, was at home when her 12-year-old daughter, Chloe Winwood, found the loveable rodent in bushes on a field near to where they live.
The mum-of-three says the family have called the rat Dave and have grown attached to him, but would like to see him reunited with his rightful owners.
Married Susan, 39, said: “Dave is extremely friendly and he must belong to someone because he is so tame it’s unbelieveable. He wasn’t in poor condition or anything like that and he wasn’t dirty so he can’t have been missing for long.
“The kids don’t want to part with him, he’s so nice. He likes to sit on you and in your hair, but it would be nice to see him back with his owners.”
Chloe was playing on the field opposite Hamilton Road, where the family lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool.
She spotted Dave scurrying about in some bushes at the Jarvis Walk end of the field, and managed to pick him up, take him home and add to the household’s pet collection of two cats, a tortoise, a hamster and a fish.
Susan, who has been a registered veterinary nurse for 20 years, said Dave is white but with light-fawn colouring on his head and shoulders, with a stripe of the same colour down his back.
The domesticated rat, also known as a fancy rat, also has pink eyes and is about seven inches long, excluding his tail.
She said: “When the kids came in saying Chloe had found a rat I did ask whether they meant a sewer rat or a fancy rat. I was relieved when they said a fancy one.
“We’re keeping him in a cage off one of our vets.”
Anyone who thinks Dave might belong to them should contact Susan at the vets on (01429) 272435.
• THE Gibson family used the Mail’s lost and found classified section to try and find dave’s rightful owners. Place your own advert by calling our team on (0191) 5017111 or visit www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/findit