Sire: Asbru Diggory
Dam: Asbru Kitty
Birth litter: Kitty x Diggory
Known genetics: A/a D/- M/m Rb/rb
Born: 25th July 2008
Died: 8th October 2009
Origin: Brandywine Rats
Litter Mates: Arrow, Blythe, Swift, Cole, Sherbourne, Poetic Justice, Kindred Spirit, Arwen, Galadriel, Waffle and Smartie.
28th March 2009 - Rattly chest.
30th March 2009 - Injection Convenia 0.1ml, repeat on 3rd April.
31st March 2009 - Rattling stopped.
3rd April 2009 - 2nd jab.
8th April 2009 - final jab.
22nd April 2009 - Ivermectin for mites.
1st May 2009 - repeat Ivermectin.
13th August 2009 - bite to right hand while climbing on Moonie & co's cage.
8th October 2009 - Dead in cage. No clues as to what happened. Real shock.
Temperament: Busy, friendly, loves a cuddle. Very scared of the vets!
Avon is one of the babies from my first litter of Brandywine rats. He's named after the River Avon, which flows through Rugby and down through Warwickshire, eventually joining the Severn at Tewkesbury. The name derives from the Gaelic for 'river'. Avon is a lovely solid little lad, very busy and bouncy.
11th October 2009 - I'd been spending the evening as usual, letting each group out to play for a while and then calling them back for their tea time mix. When I opened the cage for Avon and his brothers, the other two bounded out but Avon remained lying along the side of the cage. I stroked him to wake him up and realised he was dead.
Apart from being a very upsetting shock, this raises unpleasant possibilities. First that we may have SDAV again, as it's over six months since the last infection so their immunity will be dropping again. We went to a show less than a week before he died, so we couldn't have caught the infection there. What we could have done is spread it if we have it. I'm just waiting to see what develops before possibly crying 'Wolf'.
The second worry is that there may be a congenital problem with this litter. Two of Avon's brothers who were living with a friend have died in the past two months. They had been in a cage passing round a very nasty abscess-causing bug, but it's unusual for this to be fatal. Possibly the litter have a poor immune system which falls at the first hurdle? Almost all of my breeding rats are decended from the parents of this litter, so where does that leave me?
The third possibility is that it's just a big coincidence. But how do I tell?
MRC Cup Show, 4th October 2008 - 4th of 4 in agouti kitten class
Colour coming through. Nice long rat, good ears, bit snipy at present. (AS)
MRC Christmas Show, Brigstock, 6th December 2008 - 2nd of 6 in agouti adult class
Very good colour. Nice degree of redness. Good belly. Good feet. Nice bold eyes. Good size & type. Very dirty tail. (NM)
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