„Oh“ statt „ih“: Fotografin zeigt, wie süß Ratten sein können

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Wer sich ein Haustier zulegen möchte, denkt womöglich zunächst an die Klassiker Hund oder Katze. Darf es etwas pflegeleichter sein, kommen Hamster oder Meerschweinchen infrage. Doch wohl die wenigsten möchten das Zuhause mit einer – oder besser: zwei Ratten teilen.

Über Jahrhunderte galten die kleinen Nager (neben ihren kleinen Verwandten, den Mäusen) als Ernteschädlinge und schmutzige Krankheitsüberträger, aber gewiss nicht als das Haustier erster Wahl. Schade eigentlich, können Ratten doch total niedlich aussehen und mehr noch: Die Nagetiere zeichnen sich durch Intelligenz, ausgeprägtes Sozialverhalten und Sauberkeit aus, wenn man sie nur richtig hält.

Grund genug für die französische Fotografin und Designerin Diane Özdamar die kleinen Tierchen kunstvoll in Szene zu setzen. Über die Jahre hat sie sowohl ihre eigenen als auch Tiere von Freunden sowie Pflegeratten vor die Linse genommen. Die gezeigten Farbratten posieren mit zahlreichen Requisiten und bringen dabei ihre entspannte, neugierige oder gesellige Seite zum Vorschein. Wie die Künstlerin erklärt, hat bei der Interaktion von Ratte und Prop kein Tier Schaden genommen (auch der Marienkäfer ist schließlich wieder auf und davon geflogen). Diane Özdamar möchte mithilfe ihrer liebreizenden Bilder mit dem schlechten Ruf den Ratten aufräumen, so dass möglichst viele Tiere ein schönes Für-immer-Zuhause finden und ihr Dasein nicht im Tierheim fristen müssen.

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My adorable Grímnir was crazy about hazelnuts! He managed to steal them all during this photo shooting, and seemed to be quite pleased with himself :D This picture in featured in my upcoming book « Fancy Rats, Portraits and Stories », published by Amherst Media (official release date August the 15th, 2018). Most funds raised with this book will be donated to animal rescue organizations / animal shelters. #rat #petrats #rats #petrat #ratsofinsta #ratsofinstagram #fancyrats #fancyrat #rattylove #cute #adorable #adorable_animals #animal #animals #cuteness #cutest #cutestuff #hazelnut #hazelnuts #agoutirat #hoodedrat #hoodedrats #rexrats #rexratsofinstagram #rexratsofig #hoodedagoutirat #rexrat #sweetness #cuteanimals #rodents

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KRL Pure Delight Luna, an adorable rattie girl, « posing » with roses (she wanted a treat, of course). My friend Lorien brought her girls to my home for a photo shooting and I fell in love with this adorable little lady! Isn’t she precious? Find similar pictures in my upcoming book « Fancy Rats, Portraits and Stories », published by Amherst Media (official release date August the 15th, 2018). At least half of the funds raised with this book will be donated to animal rescue organizations / animal shelters. #rat #rats #ratsofinstagram #petrats #fancyrats #fancyrat #cute #cuteness #cutestuff #adorable_animals #animal #animals #pets #rodentlove #rodents #rattylove #rattys #roses #flowers #sweetness #dumborat #hairlessrat #kawaii #dumbo #dumborats #hairlessrats

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Lyka brought me her rats for a photo shoot. As my sweet Feirefiz and her lovely Pumpkin seemed to be very interested in each other and there was no risk of pregnancy or to spread diseases (Pumpkin was spayed, and we had been following strict quarantine procedures for the shoot), we decided to quickly introduce the pair to each other. They instantly became friends, and the tiny Pumpkin started grooming Feirefiz. These two were absolutely adorable, and this picture is quite dear to me. It is featured in my upcoming book « Fancy Rats, Portraits and Stories », published by Amherst Media (official release date August the 15th, 2018). #rat #rats #ratsofinstagram #petrats #fancyrats #fancyrat #cute #cuteness #cutestuff #adorable_animals #animal #animals #pets #rodentlove #rodents #rattylove #rattys #cuddles #cuddlebuddies #cuddleb #cuddlebuddy

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Dellingr, the spookiest rat you’ve ever seen! This little boy was one the cutest, most adorable rats ever. He was also quite clingy, to say the least, and adooooored spending hours licking my hands and getting his head and cheeks scratched… He was such a doll that he didn’t even mind when I put those wings on his back and just fell asleep there… Find similar pictures in my rat photography book « Fancy Rats, Portraits and Stories », published by Amherst Media and available on Amazon! :) Raised funds will go to animal shelters (I’ll just sometimes keep a small part of it to buy new photo backgrounds so I can keep taking pictures of rescue animals to help animal shelters and foster families find them good homes). https://www.amazon.com/Fancy-Rats-Portraits-Diane-Ozdamar/dp/1682033708 Canon EOS 60D Canon EF-S USM 60mm macro f/2.8 #ratsofinstagram #rats #rat #pet #pets #fancyrats #fancyrat #cute #cutest #cuteness #dumborat #animals #cutestuff #adorable #adorable_animals #fawnrats #fawnrat #rexrats #rexrat #dumborexrat #halloween #bat #batwings #batrat #orange #brown #sweet #fluffy #babyrat

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An old picture of my sweet Arkanys (the black dumbo rex one) and adorable Lorich (the seal-point siamese one), two wonderful rats that I photographed for a Valentine’s Day themed competition on a French rat forum :) I crafted that little box out of cardboard and colored paper because I couldn’t find any nice one that would match my ratties’ size. I don’t think I have ever struggled that much taking a picture, as I wanted their tails to be heart-shaped but they wouldn’t stop moving (they kept running towards me to get more cuddles, they were soooo affectionate!), it took a lot of patience, cuddles and tasty treats (pomegranate seeds weren’t as good as cooked pasta according to them :D ) to finally end up getting this picture, which remains one of my all-time favorites. You can find this picture in my rat photography book « Fancy Rats, Portraits and Stories », published by Amherst Media and available on Amazon! :) Raised funds will go to animal shelters (I might sometimes keep a small part of said funds to buy new photo backgrounds so I can offer free photoshoots to help animal shelters and foster families find good homes for their little protégés). https://www.amazon.com/Fancy-Rats-Portraits-Diane-Ozdamar/dp/1682033708 Canon EOS 350D Canon EF-S USM 60mm macro f/2.8 #ratsofinstagram #rats #rat #pet #pets #fancyrats #fancyrat #cute #cuteness #dumborat #animals #cutestuff #adorable #adorable_animals #blackrats #blackrat #rexrats #rexrat #dumborexrat #valentines #love #black #sweet #fluffy #petrat #petrats #white #siameserat #rattylove #adoptdontshop

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