Animal lover praises trio for rescuing fancy rats ‘abandoned’ on field in Bury St Edmunds

Mark Westley Photography'Elle Havis with the three domestic rats she has homed after they were rescued after being dumped by the side of the road. ANL-150414-212615009
Mark Westley Photography'Elle Havis with the three domestic rats she has homed after they were rescued after being dumped by the side of the road. ANL-150414-212615009
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A Bury St Edmunds animal-lover has praised the kindness of three people who together rescued three fancy rats they discovered dumped on a field.

Elle Havis, who lives on Moreton Hall, was surprised by a call from a friend last week who explained she and two other women had found the young rodents ‘abandoned’ at Ten Acre Field, in Symonds Road.

The women collected them into a box and took them to prolific rat-lover Elle, who agreed to take the animals in.

“It is really awful that someone could just dump them like that,” she said. “Other people have obviously seen them and left them, yet these three ladies got together to save the little creatures. The effort they made is amazing, it shows there are some decent people out there. These are not just rats, they are still lives.”

Despite baby rats being inquisitive and able to fit through small spaces, Elle said the ‘general consensus’ is that the animals were abandoned rather than being innocent escapees.

“The place where they were found is across the road from Pets at Home, and also close to a veterinary surgery. There were places they could have taken them but they just dumped them,” she added.

Elle, who has kept ‘fancy rats’ for around 20 years, said the black and white babies are a departure from the older, ‘recycled’ animals she normally takes in from other owners.

Elle said she is going to keep her small house guests, as company for her older ‘free-reining’ rat Matilda.

She said: “I think they’ve gone through quite enough already. They don’t need to go through anything else now.”