My daughter used to keep gerbils, but they passed away from old age a few months ago. Ever since then, she's been asking to get another rodent.
Yesterday, we picked up a rat! She was a rescue -- I guess the workers found her in a storeroom, but she was so tame they're pretty sure she was a pet that was never officially surrendered.
Dove is a variegated dumbo rat -- look at the big ears! They're a bit bigger than regular rat ears, and cute! She's spotted with a very soft grey color, and black eyes; really, I think she's one of the prettiest rats I've seen.
I've put up some more pictures on my blog