Description: smooth coated black Berkshire dumbo (definitions at bottom)
Atlas, Sol, Puck and Pan were all already about 6 months old when we brought them home. It is now taking them a long time to really adjust to us, and Sol is the only one more reticent than Atlas. Atlas is very protective of the others, and especially in the first few days, he would herd them around as if he was their mother. We decided to call him Atlas because he acts like he has the world on his shoulders.
Atlas is also one of the moons of Saturn, and since we decided to go with Astronomy names for this mischief, it seemed appropriate. There are links below to the Wikipedia articles about both the moon and the mythological character Atlas. :-)
Berkshire: a marking description, indicating a solid coloured rat with a white belly, often with white feet and tail tip.
Black: a dark glossy coat, chocolate to black in colour which is often ticked with silver, the eyes are black.
Dumbo: a variety of rat with ears placed lower on the head, named for resemblance to Dumbo the elephant.
Atlas, or Saturn XV (the moon) on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_%28moon%29
Atlas, from mythology on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_%28mythology%29