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A peaceful and orderly transfer of power
Clio has officially taken over the rat cage. She was trying for it last week, but apparently it took a while for Niobe to realize that at two-and-a-half it takes an awful lot of energy to keep the youngsters in line.

Although it's a bit sad that Niobe is starting to feel older, instead of just being older, this is a good thing for me because it means there will be less squeaking. Niobe's view of how to interact with younger rats involves a lot of picking them up by the scruff of the neck and putting them back in the nest. Since Clio and Thalia aren't actually blind and hairless anymore, they tend to complain about this treatment. If she's not in charge there ought to be less of that.

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Are your rats all named after muses?

I just checked wikipedia and answered my own question!

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