This interesting story with hand-painted illustrations provides a fascinating insight into the care and joys of keeping an African giant (pouched) rat. It is based upon real-life experiences of raising orphaned baby giant rats in Africa. Suitable for the young pet lover.
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By Dr. Ross Cooper
Oct 15, 2009
"African giant rats" These creatures make excellent pets because of their gentle nature and longevity. They are cleaner than the average rat or mouse and easily trained. This book is unique as it teaches the child about life and death, and is the first book of its kind on this species. It’ll make a useful addition to the shelves of rat lovers.
"'Benny The African Giant Rat'" Aimed at children with its relatively short amount of text per page, a straightforward approach and child-like illustrations, the author scatters assorted nuggets of information throughout the book. It is gently informative whilst engaging the reader, as the events in Benny’s life unfold. The author evokes the colour and sounds of Zimbabwe, Africa and should set many a reader scurrying away to look up what a jacaranda tree actually looks like, as he details the butterflies, bats, frogs and geckos who share his homeland. “Benny” is based on real-life experiences of raising orphaned baby giant pouched rats in Africa, and the book cleverly includes information about their gestation period as well as details of the family group that these rats live in, in the wild. The reader becomes involved in Benny’s life, his exploring, his experimentations with different food and the heart-stopping moment when he is trapped by two dogs. Hints on housing... More > and feeding in captivity, and the hygiene of both Benny and his cage are dealt with frankly. The information that he has ‘natural earwigs’ which keep ‘his skin clean and rid of dandruff’ is however, something about which it would have been nice to know more. The episode where Benny is sick and vomits is worthy of comment as fancy rats (rattus norvegicus) are unable to vomit. Worthy of comment too is the fact that Benny has a rabies vaccination: not something we think about in the UK! As the best books do, the aging and eventual passing of Benny is dealt with in a practical way, with it being reinforced that as a captive pouched rat he lived for nearly seven years: surpassing the number of years he could have expected to live in the wild. There has recently been a surge of interest about African pouched rats, both by the media and those who keep fancy rats, (rattus norvegicus) and it is with good timing that this book has made its appearance. The giant rat (Cricetomys gambianus) is the largest indigenous rat species in Zimbabwe, although it is rare for them to be kept as pets. Like wild rats in the UK, they have learnt to live alongside humans in Zimbabwean cities, where they are often seen at the end of the day when they awake from their day’s sleep and begin to search for food.< Less
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