Pet of the Week: Rats that comfort Hatfield autistic boy

Diamond and Gypsy.

Diamond and Gypsy.

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This week’s winner of Pet of the Week is a family of rats that live in Hatfield with their five-year-old autistic owner who takes great comfort in spending time with them.

Ronnie with his rat. Ronnie with his rat.

Ellen France, of Hatfield, bought four rats three months ago for her children Lorelei, aged three, Ronnie, five, and Haiden, 11.

The six-month-old rats are called Diamond, who is albino, Gypsy who is Siamese and missing half of her tail, Lulu and Pearl.

Ellen said: “They are the friendliest rats. My kids love them and we all have a rat each.

“They love being cuddled and Diamond always sits on my head. They like licking us and climbing on us.

Ronnie with his rat. Ronnie with his rat.

“My son is autistic and when he’s having a meltdown they often calm him down, he likes to go and feed them and cuddle them.”

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