Skip to content

Rodent mad woman who bathes her 50 pet rats in kitchen sink goes viral 

Rodent mad woman who bathes her 50 pet rats in kitchen sink goes viral 

A rodent lover who owns 50 rats has gone viral after washing her “babies” in the sink.

Since receiving her first pair of rats in 2018, Michele Raybon, 51, of Palmdale, California, hasn’t stopped adding to her mischievous pack, and now owns 50 of the “cuddly” critters – 25 males and 25 females.

After welcoming Naked Rats, Elvis and Chuck, as well as her two Hooded Rats, Lucy and Ethel, into her home, the mother of two hasn’t looked back.

Michele went viral late last year after she posted a video of her rats bathing in her kitchen sink on Facebook, garnering more than 350,000 views.

Michele Raybon, 51, of Palmdale, California, has 25 female and 25 male rats she calls her

Michele Raybon, 51, of Palmdale, California, has 25 female and 25 male rats she calls her “babies” and insists they can do no wrong

The animal lover went viral late last year after she posted a video of her rats bathing in her kitchen sink on Facebook and received more than 350,000 views.

The animal lover went viral late last year after she posted a video of her rats bathing in her kitchen sink on Facebook and received more than 350,000 views.

Since she got her first pair of rats in 2018, she hasn't been able to stop adding to her mischievous pack, and now owns 50 of the 'cuddly' critters

Since she got her first pair of rats in 2018, she hasn’t been able to stop adding to her mischievous pack, and now owns 50 of the ‘cuddly’ critters

After welcoming Naked Rats, Elvis and Chuck, as well as her two Hooded Rats, Lucy and Ethel, into her home, the mother of two hasn't looked back, now with 25 females and 25 males.  Michele is holding one of the naked baby rats

After welcoming Naked Rats, Elvis and Chuck, as well as her two Hooded Rats, Lucy and Ethel, into her home, the mother of two hasn’t looked back, now with 25 females and 25 males. Michele is holding one of the naked baby rats

Michele, who is retired, said: ‘They’re my babies, they can’t do anything wrong.

‘They each have their own individual personality, so different rats stand out to me more than others.

‘They are very social and if you feed them, they will all come running.

“Some you know when they’re not as friendly and others are a lot friendlier.

Unlikely Friends!  Michele's cat doesn't seem to mind the presence of one of her rats next to him on the couch

Unlikely Friends! Michele’s cat doesn’t seem to mind the presence of one of her rats next to him on the couch

Initially, Michelle wanted to sell her rats and started breeding them, but soon stopped and kept them as a pet.  Pictured Some of Michele's rats through their cages

Initially, Michelle wanted to sell her rats and started breeding them, but soon stopped and kept them as a pet. Pictured Some of Michele’s rats through their cages

Michele got them from a breeder in Texas, and when she moved to California there were no rat breeders, so she

Michele got them from a breeder in Texas, and when she moved to California there were no rat breeders, so she

Along with her 50 rats, Michele, who is an animal lover, owns four dogs, three cats and two pigs.

Along with her 50 rats, Michele, who is an animal lover, owns four dogs, three cats and two pigs.

“I got them from a breeder in Texas, and when I moved to California, there were no rat breeders here.

“So that’s why I have so many because I’ve bred them for temperament so I can sell them to other people who like rats.

“Then I stopped selling them and now they are my pets, which is why I have so many. There are many.’

Along with her 50 rats, Michele, who is an animal lover, owns four dogs, three cats and two pigs.

She said, ‘The pigs live in a barn which is their small area, I feed the cats when I feed the dogs, so it’s not much work.

“I love animals, I wanted to be a vet growing up, but it never happened.

‘I wouldn’t call it an obsession, but because I love animals, I save a lot of animals.

The animal lover initially wanted to be a vet growing up but decided to have animals instead

The animal lover initially wanted to be a vet growing up but decided to have animals instead

Some of the 50 rats bathing in the sink were the first spark for Michelle to become an online rat sensation

Some of the 50 rats bathing in the sink were the first spark for Michelle to become an online rat sensation

She rescues many animals, but wouldn't call it an obsession, instead calling her pets her 'babies'

She rescues many animals, but wouldn’t call it an obsession, instead calling her pets her ‘babies’

When visitors enter Michele's house, they are often shocked by the number of rats they encounter, but Michele said her

When visitors enter Michele’s house, they are often shocked by the number of rats they encounter, but Michele said her “babies” quickly win them over

‘I have a heart for them, so at the moment I have four German Shepherds – two I bought as puppies and two were rescue dogs.

“I tend to rescue animals, so my ex-husband calls me Dr Doolittle. I take care of them; I’m taking them to the vet.

‘I used to have two sheep, two goats, 25 chickens and about 15 ducks and geese.

“I was in the US military and got disabled, so I just took care of them, and it got a lot, so I gave them to new homes.

“I used to rescue cats, feral cats, take care of them and rehome them. I really have a heart for animals.’

Despite many people being turned off by rats, Michelle says she eventually wins people over

Despite many people being turned off by rats, Michelle says she eventually wins people over

She knows some people can't get around the idea of ​​the stigma, but believes they are good-hearted animals

She knows that some people can’t get around the idea of ​​the stigma, but she believes they are good-hearted animals

Michele used to have two sheep, two goats, 25 chickens, and about 15 ducks and geese, but the US Army veteran became disabled and couldn't care for them alone.

Michele used to have two sheep, two goats, 25 chickens, and about 15 ducks and geese, but the US Army veteran became disabled and couldn’t care for them alone.

Michele wants to change people's predisposed idea of ​​rats, who think they are dirty, sick animals

Michele wants to change people’s predisposed idea of ​​rats, who think they are dirty, sick animals

Rodent mad woman who bathes her 50 pet rats in kitchen sink goes viral 

“All my rats have good temperaments, so I’ll introduce someone to one of them and usually I win them, or the rats win them over,” she said.

When visitors enter Michele’s house, they are often shocked by the number of rats they encounter, but Michele and her babies quickly win over them.

She said: ‘Some people are very open, but others not so much.

‘Some people have a predestined idea about rats, they think they are dirty, sick animals.

“All my rats have good temperaments, so I’ll introduce someone to one of them and usually I win them, or the rats win them.

“But some people just can’t get the idea of ​​the stigma.

“A lot of people have changed their minds and surprisingly want them as pets.”

Source link