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I vote for 'super cute'. It's amazing to me that more people don't realize what great pets rats make. And lately I've discovered "Gambian Pouched Rats".
That's what this is.....a Gambian Pouched Rat.
According to what I read they're not exactly the same species as sewer rats (AKA: 'terminal rats'....which can grow to be as much as 7 pounds). Or even the white rat which a lot of people do know about (and keep as pets). I had a couple white rats when I was in high school.
Gambian Pouched Rats (AKA: GP Rats) are currently being used a mine sniffers in areas of the world where they have a problem clearing land mines. Africa is one such area.
These rats are a lot cheaper to acquire, train and upkeep than sniffer dogs. And they're just as good if not better at their job because they weigh less and are therefor even less likely to set off a mine.
They're pretty darn smart too and they do have personalities. ......like this adorable little guy who's playing 'dead' because he likes getting his belly rubbed.