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Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

This 21-year-old living in the United Kingdom is selling paintings created by her twelve pet rats. Steph Toogood, the girl behind this ingenious product, had the idea when her thirteenth rat, Capitan Jack Sparrow, unexpectedly died in 2018. Wanting to keep Mr. Sparrow in her memory, she took an impression of his paw prints in paint when he died. Wanting to keep a memory of her other “boys” while they are still with her, Steph has them creating their own paintings. By dipping their paws into paint and walking on miniature canvases, these twelve rats create the cutest little abstract paintings!

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

Steph is currently working full time in the veterinary industry, she has a great love for all animals and will soon become a certified veterinary nurse. She amassed her twelve pet rats simply out of a love for the animal.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

Along with her twelve painting rats, she is also a parent to a dog and owns a small pet portrait photography business. Steph frequently takes pictures of her pets with miniature props and posts them to her Facebook page. Here is a list of our favorite creations by Steph and her rats!

1. Meet Barbossa, he is very proud of his painting!

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

2. He certainly had fun creating it.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

3. Barbossa gets to paint often, this is his most recent creation.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats
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4. After a long day of painting, he has earned a well deserved break in his own tiny hammock.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

“My rats aren’t just artists to me. They’re my best friends, and they will not spend their lives covered in paint, no matter how high the demand is for their art right now.” Steph comments on her Facebook page.

5. Merlin is unsure of his paintings…

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

6. He is very social, though,

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

7. And excels more in group projects.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

“Some of the boys are target trained and will follow a target stick or by hand to make painting easier – we even have a miniature agility course which some of them are good at!” She continues.

8. Ranger is very excited to show you his painting!

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats
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9. His brother, Gibbs, is a bit more advanced than him, though.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

10. Just kidding, this is Gibbs’ actual creation

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

11. Turner is the show-off of the family.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

12. He has a blast with his paintings.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

13. He really likes to spend his time off relaxing in grassy fields.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats
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14. Arthur is the abstract painter of the family.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

15. And then, well… There is the hairless sibling

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

16. Not that there is anything wrong with you, Noodle. You just stand out from the crowd.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

17. Steph sells her rats creations on her Etsy shop.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

18. She has many products for sale there, like this heart pendant.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats
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19. The family works very hard to create these!

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

20. You can also purchase Christmas ornaments,

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

21. Keychains,

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

22. Individual prints,

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

23. And a plethora of other products that are paw-painted.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

24. Steph’s Esty shop is currently sold out. She will be restocking soon! Keep an eye out for new products here.

Turns Out, You Can Buy Miniature Paintings Created By Rats

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Steph and her rats’ paintings really prove that their is a market for anything… She is not really interested in promoting rat paintings though, she simply stumbled upon this strange niche market by accident. Her intentions are to spread good pet welfare and an awareness that rats make awesome pets! She swears by their loyalty. You can find more information on Steph’s Facebook page, Toogoods Tiny Paws, or see if any paintings are for sale on her Etsy store.

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