Yes, It’s a rat. He’s called Monty and he is winning hearts everywhere. Not every heart because as adults we often have a lots of “baggage” or pre-conceived ideas about rats being dirty or scary but Monty is neither of these. Firstly this type of rat is bred to be a pet. They are not the same species as the wild rats you might see or lab rats. And unlike a mouse or a guinea pig who would run away if you put them down somewhere, Monty will just come back to you because he really is a “people rat.”
There are so many things our preschoolers (and Parents and Educators) can learn from having Monty. I’m actually in the process of writing a “Monty Manual”, mainly for the families who might have Monty to stay with them for a weekend or overnight but also to explain how Monty fits into the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards.