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RSPCA appeal to find rats dumped in handbag a new home

Two rats which were abandoned in a handbag and left in the woods are now looking for a new home. Credit: RSPCA

Two rats which were abandoned in a handbag and left in the woods are now looking for a new home.

The 18-month-old rodents have been named Earnest and Bunbury by staff at the RSPCA Manchester and Salford branch who are caring for them.

They were discovered along with two other rats, inside a women’s handbag and dumped in the woods.

The other rats were so poorly they had to be put down.

Two rats which were abandoned in a handbag and left in the woods are now looking for a new home. Credit: RSPCA

"They are really sociable boys who enjoy attention and time out of their cage.

"Bunbury is the braver of the two and is always up at the bars for a fuss and likes to have a perch on your shoulder too.

"Earnest has really grown in confidence since his arrival and with plenty more time to socialise, we are sure he will continue to blossom.

"The pair love lounging around together and enjoy a diet supplemented with fresh veg, occasional fruit and some protein."

– Susie Hughes, RSPCA Manchester and Salford branch manager