Author's Note: Are lab rats really prone to cancer?
OK, big confession. When I was merely a child, I thought it would be -- cool? Different? An excellent way to practice my Crispin Glover impression? -- to have a pet rat. Velvet was one of the unlikely rats that succumbed to a tumor, but I will say this: She was a thousand times better as a pet than the frogs we got a year later, which insisted on eating only live crickets we caught ourselves every night.
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