This picture of Georgie Sr is from last September, just after he became a proud father. At 2 1/2 years, Georgie Sr is the oldest of the Poi rats and he is quite a character. He had his own condo because he was acting like a grumpy old man rat and didn't want any company. However, Morgan le Rat took to visiting him which he didn't seem to mind at all. The result was 9 ratlets. When they were old enough, the three boy ratlets, Georgie Jr, Mozart and Monty were given their very own condo. They didn't like this at all. They soon discovered that they could squeeze out through the bars of their condo and into Georgie Sr's condo. Poi Mom moved Georgie Sr into the now empty boy's condo and the ratlets promptly moved in with him again. As Poi Mom put it, they moved "lock, stock and chicken bones" which meant they were serious about staying. Georgie Sr accepted his sons in good grace and has even been seen playing with them.
Unfortunately, Georgie Sr isn't doing too well right now. His front paws have become paralyzed and he can't feed himself any more, as rats always hold their food in their front paws. Poi Mom is holding his food for him, but he is losing weight. Good wishes, purrs and prayers are needed.
UPDATE: Georgie Sr was helped to the Bridge yesterday afternoon, Hawaiian time. The paralysis had spread from just his paws to his legs and he was in pain. Run free and happy at the Rainbow Bridge, Georgie Sr.
The oldest Poi rat is Georgie Sr.
He is a sweet Daddy, never a mean-ior.
His boys all adore him.
Their play'll never bore him.
You lived a good life, sweet Georgie Sr.