Lifespan: 8/2012 – 05/09/2014
Description: Champagne Rex (rex is the curly fur type)
Lux lost the battle today. She’s always struggled with recurrent infections under her right eye, and though she recently finished a course of antibiotics, it wasn’t enough.
When we were looking for rats in 2012, Lux was the first we picked. She was in a different store from the others, and she was alone there. She was at the time the friendliest and most outgoing rat I’d ever met, and I couldn’t stand the thought that someone might keep her as a single rat. She waited in the car when we went in to the next place, and in the time-honoured tradition of pet store rats, everyone bonded on the terrifying box-ride home. Lux and Sona were fast friends, and even in her last days, the two of them could most frequently be found curled into a little ratty pretzel together.
We named Lux after a character in League of Legends (that’s where Sona, Chandra, Shyvana all got their names, too). In many ways Lux reminds me of the first rat I ever lost (Eris), who also died much too early and was very ill in her last days. We were waiting for a call from the vet when we found her this evening, but obviously it was already much too late. This is the part of having pet rats that I hate- so often they die young, and in pain. I wish no pet had to suffer this kind of fate.