Nickname: Rafe, Raffy
Sire: Brandywine Sherbourne
Dam: Kropotkin Grace
Birth litter: Grace x Sherbourne
Variety: Agouti Blazed Essex Mismark
Known genetics: A/a D/d Hro/H M/m Rb/rb
Born:1st June 2009
Died: 29th July 2011
Origin: Brandywine Rats
Litter Mates: Thames, Brent, Tyburn, Effra, Moselle, Wandle.
April 2010 to Brandywine Effra
August 2010 to BW Lea
10th January 2011 - possible matings with 5 young girls, as I am an idiot and didn't count his group home properly. :-/ Keeping fingers crossed I saw him first.
Ravensbourne was born in my third Brandywine litter, and was one of seven littermates, four boys and three girls. We gave him the name Ravensbourne because he has similar markings to his dad, Sherbourne, and because we originally thought he was a black Essex. His sides are very patchy, so his markings are not of good show quality. Rafe is a brave and cheeky boy.
Ravensbourne is named after the River Ravensbourne. He and his siblings are named after rivers of London, to celebrate the fact that their mother Grace came from a rattery in London.
MRC Brigstock 1* Show, 7th August 2010
2nd of 5 in Essex
4th of 9 in Best Marked Adult
4th of 9 in Best Marked
3rd of 23 in Best Stud Buck
Dirty tail. White nose. Good head, eye and ear. Good solid type, fit youngster. Too much white on face and headspot elongated. Dark dorsal stripe. Otherwise colour graduation good. (JO)
Weight data on all our ratties
23rd July 2011 - Beginnings of hind leg weakness.
Friday 29th July - Ear haemorrhage. Kicking myself - what I took as rapid onset hld could have been signs of an ear infection. It looked far more like weakness than poor balance.
A really lovely, solid lad. This boy is a real treasure.