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We bought two baby rats from a pet store

A Scottish couple were shocked after buying two baby rats from a pet store and waking up to find 15 in the cage three days later.

Megan Corrigan and her girlfriend Daisy Crawford bought the two female rats for £12.50 from Pets at Home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire on Saturday.

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Megan Corrigan and her girlfriend Daisy Crawford bought the two female rats on SaturdayCredit: Deadline
They decided to call them Dolly and Janis

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They decided to call them Dolly and JanisCredit: Deadline

The couple decided to name the pair Dolly and Janis and were drawn to one because they were “fat”.

Unbeknownst to them, or anyone else in the store, Dolly was actually carrying puppies.

Megan and Daisy couldn’t believe their eyes when they woke up yesterday morning to find the rodents in their cage as usual but surrounded by baby rats.

Dolly was still giving birth to some of her offspring when the Scottish couple entered.

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She then gave birth to 13 puppies but ended up eating three.

This is common for rats breeding for the first time as they may panic when they see their babies and mistake them for foreign objects.

The couple from Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, were delighted to have finally managed to get 12 rats instead of two and planned to keep them all together.

Megan posted about the incident on Twitter last night, writing: ‘My wife and I had two baby rats over Pets At Home weekend.

“We woke up this morning with 13 other baby rats.

“I feel like I won the lottery.

Adult female rats produce an average of 40 babies per year.

They can reproduce throughout the year under favorable conditions and are able to conceive within 48 hours of giving birth.

Speaking today, Megan said: “My partner and I bought two baby rats on Saturday, Dolly and Janis.

“We chose Dolly because she was a little bigger than the others, but we woke up on Tuesday to find Dolly in labour.

“In total, she gave birth to 13 rats, but she ate three of them due to health issues.

“My partner and I were completely impressed.

“We hope to raise them together as a family.

“I feel like animals, but especially rats don’t have the chance to grow up in a family.

“Mom Dolly is doing well.

“I had to put Janis in another cage right now for a few weeks just for safety precautions.

“What probably happened is that Dolly got pregnant from another rat in her litter.

“Luckily when I called pets at home they gave me a free crate and offered to take the babies but my partner and I insisted on keeping them.”

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Rats start breeding at five weeks of age and continue until they are about two years old.

Females are fertile approximately every three weeks and during this time they have been known to mate up to 500 times in six hours.

But they were shocked after waking to find 15 in the cage three days later

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But they were shocked after waking to find 15 in the cage three days laterCredit: Deadline
They plan to keep the 12 baby rats

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They plan to keep the 12 baby ratsCredit: Deadline

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