The Fabulous Anna Banana!

Meet Anna Banana, the girl with a peel!
She makes the boys sweat and the ladies squeal!
Her friends may be fussin’ and carryin’ on,
“but that’s not my style,” she says with a yawn.
“I’m a rat of distinction, I’m not just a cog.
I’m clever and cute and I’ve got my own blog.”
So read all about her, and meet all her friends,
They live at The Rat Shack, where fun never ends!


Thank you for contributing to this week’s emerging “banana” theme, Jane S.



  1. rats. gross.

  2. Katiedid says:

    “Awww rats!! I forgot to warm up first!”

  3. Ratty teefs!!

  4. Luv the teefs!

  5. zeldapie says:

    I LURVE rats! They aren’t gross at all! I’m gonna go visit the Rat Shack and hang with Anna and her peeps.

  6. chanpon says:

    The Rat Shack is a little old place where
    we can get together!
    Rat shack ba-by! Rat shack ba-by!

    [Rat Pack Shimmy!! 😀 – Ed.]

  7. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ratz that fluffeh before.

  8. I am nearly rat-phobic, so it’s saying a lot when I say: Qte! Why are they so floofy? Are they crossed with ferrets or something?

  9. skippymom says:

    She is not yawning, she is singing an aria.

  10. hon glad says:

    Anna sings-
    I yi, yi, yi, yi, I like you very much
    Ci, ci, ci, ci, ci, I think your grand.
    While wearing banana headress.

  11. divinebluesky says:

    That has to be the cutest yawn I’ve ever seen!

  12. writtenwyrdd says:

    For more on the emerging banana theme, you should check out today’s Disapproving Rabbits!

    [You look like you could use… a LINK – Ed.]

  13. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    Oh, this is too wonderful for words. Do you know how hard it is to get this kind of picture? I’ve had 25 rats over the years since 2001 and I have yet to get one of these. Just one of the many reasons I love the ratties.

  14. Yay!!! That’s me!! Who says rats are gross? *pout* …I’m wonderful!
    I’m a dumbo rex beige bareback and most of my litter siblings were rexes which is why we all looks so fluffy. Yay!!

  15. fluffy fluffy! has anyone seen these cute little monkeys yet? heeeeeere

  16. Anna Bananer
    Plays the Pianner!
    All she can play
    Is the Star Spangled Banner!

  17. PS Hammock O’ Ratties! What a concept.

    Love the ratty yawns– Anyone see the “RAWR!” competish on ICHC?

  18. Kristabelle says:

    Aww! Too cute! She does look like she’s singing!!

  19. PPS
    “I got me a hammock
    And it sleeps about 20
    So hurry up and bring
    Your Ratty Snax Money!”)

  20. Von Zeppelin says:

    I’m not a huge fan of rodent pets, although I don’t have anything against them. This has been the kind of morning, however, in which a blanket full of rats has been the high point of the day.

    hon glad, thanks for the shout out to the late and wonderful Carmen Miranda. Everybody Samba!!

  21. Paunchie says:

    that’s a tarzan yell!

  22. Paunchie says:

    @writtenwyrd: THAT bunneh must be the monty python killer bun! The one with nasty big pointy teef!

    @cambridge rat mom: ewww! why dere teef orange??

  23. A hammock of baby rexes and dumbos! That just made my day. 🙂

  24. brinnann says:
  25. SoCalSis says:

    Why am I thinking of a ‘banana hammock’ …. and how can I STOP?!?!

  26. Mary (the first) says:

    “the girl with a peel”… *snerk!!*

  27. Paunchie says:

    briann — eeeeeee those teeeeef! gaahhah!

    Otherwise cute beaver type animule. However, don’t people eat them down south??

  28. sunnymum says:

    She’s singing “I am a Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say…”

    Anna you’re a beautiful rattie, and so are your compadres. 🙂

  29. junipersage says:

    @Mary(thefirst) Greeeeat, now I have Banana Phone stuck in my head.

    “It’s a phone with a-peel”

  30. She’s singing. Definitely. Definitely singing. She’s an excellent singer.

    “ToMORROW! ToMORrow! I love ya! ToMORrow!”

  31. balamuthia says:


    No, we southerners don’t eat nutria or rats and contrary to popular belief we DO wear shoes and are literate. thanks.

  32. Oh no, how did you know? My name is Susannah and I like bananas. When I was a little girl my parents were fans of Saturday Night Live, and the Gilda Radner character “Roseanne Roseannadanna”- this led to my least favorite of childhood nicknames:
    Susannah Banana Rosanna Anna Danna! (usually said three times fast).

    *blushes*- my sister reads this blog too, now she’s totally going to spot my post…

  33. Paunchie says:

    I sorta remember that chiquita banana song – sheesh I’m not THAT old now am I??

    Si si si si sisi!

  34. Oh, nicely DONE, people. Not only have you made me spend hours chortling at one of the cutest blogs I’ve ever seen; I’m also going to have that song stuck in my head for at least 48 hours. With bonus rat-related alternate lyrics. I’ve already been falling behind on my grumpy quota all week, and now you’ve put me in a weekend mood one day early. Bah!

  35. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    @annabanana, you are a goddess!!

    A healthy rattie’s teeth should be yellow and not white like ours. If a rattie’s teeth are white then they are probably unwell.

    I quote here from The Rat and Mouse Club of America (yes, there’s a club for everything and everyone) “Contrary to its appearance, the yellow/orange color of the rat incisor is not a sign of poor hygiene — it is perfectly normal. Rather, the color of the incisor enamel is due to the presence of an iron-containing pigment, and the shade of orange deepens with age starting about 21 days after birth. This is in contrast to the situation in other mammals such as humans, cattle and pigs, where a brownish color of the teeth is characteristic of the rare bone disease porphyria.”

  36. Paunchie says:

    Hey no offense to yer shoe-wearin’ self balamuthia, but the person who told me that bit about nutrias happens to come from Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans. So there.

  37. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    A nutria is NOT a rat; it is a rodent. Rats are also rodents. Not all rodents are rats. Say that three times fast.

  38. Katrina says:

    that, that, that.

  39. Thanks a bunch, junipersage! Now I’ve got it, too!

    Ringringringringringringring… bananaphone!
    Ringringringringringringring… bananaphone!

    [Links of deep & ancient evil added – Ed.]

  40. skippymom says:

    Oh, dear Katrina, you are a clever one!
    (more like that-that-that, though, I think)

  41. harlemgrrl says:

    i’m scared to death of rodents (even some rabbits) but that yawn is definitely teh qte!

  42. brinnann says:

    Balamuthia, there are some die-hard Cajuns who still eat it. I think you should blame Andrew Zimmern for introducing that fact to the world.

  43. that three times fast

  44. brinnann says:

    Cambridge Rat Mom, sorry, we just call them nutria rats down here. It’s one of those southernisms that are wholly inaccurate but most people will never admit to knowing.

  45. lphoenix says:

    so so QTE!!!! I never knew they could yawn, even! Rats are clean – maybe they’re fuzzy-looking because they just washed? That blog site is pretty good, some of these rats were destined to be hawk food but got rescued!

  46. CUTE RAT YAWN!!!!

  47. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    @brinnann, gotcha! Seems everything with big front teeth is a rat! 😉

  48. I Love Rats.. Okay Pet Rats.. but My daughter introduced me to the first pet rat her name was Templeton (Of Course) and she was completly amazing.
    Dearest AnnaBAnana.. hugs and yogurt nibbles to you dear Miss Rat!

  49. charliewabba says:

    my goodness – there’s a whole middle to the Chiquita Banana song that I had never heard before. My mom taught it to us when I was a little girl. Many years ago, my sister called me long distance and made me sing it to a friend of hers to settle a bet.

    I’m AnnaBanana and I’ve come to say
    Rex Dumbos must be treated in a special way.
    When their ears are big and have a pinkish hue,
    Rex Dumbos look their best
    And sing their best for you.

    You can put us in a hammock
    (doot doo doo doot)
    Or you can tuck us in your rack-ack-ack!
    Any way you want to treat us,
    (doot doo doo doot)
    Just be sure that you don’t eat us

    (we aren’t nutria)

  50. Wow, three earworms and counting.

  51. I was just thinking how much fun it would be to give their liddol hammock a push and watch them swing back and forth……. (the one who would be going “Squeeeeeeeeee!” would be me…..) 😆

  52. AuntieMame says:

    LOL, Theresa. I am stubbornly humming the “Rat Shack” earworm, to try to keep the others out of my brain.

    Rat Sha-a-ack! That’s where it’s at!

  53. Katrina says:

    Yes, I have been chastened, I did not include the hyphens. I’ll go slink off now-to the shower and dry off and try to get some sleep so I can think more clearly.
    To the Bat Shower! wot-wot-wot, cheepcheepcheep, blub,blub,blub.

  54. Von Zeppelin says:

    Are nutrias rats? Or not? I’m nutrial on this dispute.

  55. berthaservant says:

    I thought SPARTAAAAA but I like the other suggestions.

  56. skippymom says:

    Katrina, you have a Bat Shower?! I once stayed at a place where the outside shower had dozens of Daddy-Long-Legs living in it, but bats would be way cooler! Want!

  57. Emerson says:

    Only forty-five minutes from Broadway,
    Think of the changes it brings;
    For the short time it takes,
    What a diff’rence it makes
    In the ways of the people and things.
    Oh! What a fine bunch of rubens,
    Oh! what a jay atmosphere;
    They have whiskers like hay,
    And imagine Broadway
    Only forty-five minutes from here.

  58. Anna B. says:


    [and whenever you go out, the people always shout, HEY… – Ed.]


    DUNH. ♪ Dunh, dun dun DUNH… ♪

  60. I wondered how long it’d be before some moron turned up with a ‘gross’ comment. At least now I know who is poorly educated amongst us 🙂

  61. brinnann says:

    Anna B., sometimes I’m called “brinnanna.” (sounds like “banana” with an “r” in it)

  62. nicefrenchgurl says:

    mike, this is one of the bestest posts ever
    about 2y ago, i found a cage in the trash with a baby rat inside it, and had to rescue him
    just died 2 months ago, have been in love with rats ever since i found him
    thank you

  63. Anna Banana Jinglhaimer Schmidt!!!??? 🙄

  64. Aww! Beautiful CURLY ratties! How adorable 🙂

  65. aww, shes soo cute! xD

  66. Chrysanth says:

    Omg they are so cute :3 This post just made my day 😀

  67. That rat
    is phat
    with a hat
    not a gnat.
    Love, Matt

  68. gfeeser says:

    “The most delicious thing in the world is anna banana,” said English statesman Benjamin Disratli in 1831…

  69. Oh, this is just torture. I so want to have ratties again, but I’m waiting until we buy a house so that there will be a room with space enough for the cage, and limited kitty access.

    Also, I don’t know if my landlady would approve, and I don’t want to ask because, dammit, I’m just so sick of people and their insulting reactions to rats as pets. I once asked perspective landlady if my 2 rats were OK, assuring her that my mom was willing to take them if not, and she freaked out and gave me a long lecture about how, “If your mother can’t keep them anymore for some reason, that doesn’t mean they come here,” and other slowly-enunciated statements that clearly implied (a) she believed I was lying and/or planning to sneak them in and (b) she thought of me as a small child (I was 30 at the time). I did not end up renting from this woman.

    Anyhoodle, Anna Banana’s is now on my list of daily interweb visits. Will it help fill the void, or make that void feel all the more empty? Only time will tell.

  70. Ellen W. says:

    Wasn’t there a study a few years back that proved baby rats giggle when they’re tickled? It’s too high for human ears to hear.

    I concur that Anna Banana and her Bunch are adorable, and now I will be singing Banana Phone at time-and-a-half speed for the rest of the week.

    Anyone have a link to the cats eating bananas set to Banana Phone?

  71. JohnnieCanuck says:

    I have a neighbour who legally changed her name to Anna Banana. I was talking to her just a day or so ago. She’s made a name for herself around here.

    I suppose she’s already tired of that ‘girl with a peel’ bit, so I shouldn’t…

  72. Noelegy says:

    But are they Pie Rats? 🙂

  73. Shadowtiger says:

    Eeeeeeerexydumboratties! *faints from teh qte*

    My wife and I had a himalayan rex named Omen for a while, but he died from pneumonia. They’re so amazingly flooftacular and cuddly. We’ve got a soft spot for dumbos, too…they’re wunnerful.

  74. Lerrinus says:

    My first thought was “The mouse that roared!?”

    Cute little rattykins! 😀

  75. I love that little one on the far left with the Dumbo ears. I want to take you home with me!

  76. BabyOpossum says:

    Is there a Rule of Cuteness regarding yawning? If not, I hereby propose one.

  77. Laureling says:

    Anner, you can just ask about small, caged pets, no need to give the landlord more info than they need you know. 🙂

  78. hmpf! LH rats are awesome not gross! they are very clean animals actually! ‘~’ *tear*

  79. @Ellen W:
    On rats and tickling:

  80. lol im savanna banana >_<

  81. OMG **squeeeeeeee** It’s the perfect picture: Dumbo ratty, teefs, and yawns! Those elusive ratty yawn pics are like gold, I tells ya!

  82. Rex dumbo? BE STILL MY HEART~

  83. It’s not a yawn!
    It’s a show tune!

  84. This rat should have a human digging around in its mouth!!

  85. TEEFS!!

  86. I second BabyOpossum’s motion — New Rule of Cuteness Regarding Yawning!!! I always treasure catching my friends’ kitty yawning … C:

  87. do you have a potassium deficiency this week or sumthin?

  88. puddlepeppers says:

    (rattie clutching banana)
    “As Gawd is mah witness…I’ll nevah be hungry again!!”

  89. Ok, peeps… some of you are just NOT LISTENING!

    Rule of Commenting: you are not allowed to post a comment unless you have already read all the previously posted comments.

    (It’s amazing how much time & space would be saved if all would just r-e-a-d.)

    1. No, rats are not gross. Except for maybe the N.Y. rats that live in sewers. But YOU would be gross too if you lived in a sewer! (And by the way, rats are one of the cleanest animals there is.)

    2. These ratties are so fluffy because as AnnaBanana said herself, they are rexes. Rexes have curly hair so they are more… well… floofy.

    3. No, the teeth are not stained or dirty. Rat teeth are supposed to be that color — their lower teeth are yellow and the upper more orange. If they were white then you
    would need to be worried.

    Ok, I’m done. Maybe. (Sheesh!)

    On a totally unrelated note… Now Ziggy, you be nice to poor LH. After all it appears that LH’s mom never told him/her that “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”. And most likely LH has led a very sheltered life and has no idea what wonderful pets rats can be. He/she probly has never been introduced to a rat… unless of course it was in a sewer… in which case… well… you know what they say? “Location, location, location.”

  90. Hey Cambridge Rat Mom… where are you located? I’m in Southern CA and I am active in the RMCA here in Orange County.

  91. puddlepeppers says:

    sunnymum, Theo, NTMTOM…Muchas gracias for the video of the
    Chiquita Banana song. I had not seen it, and it’s delightful!

  92. Noelegy says:

    Come on…didn’t any of you rat-o-phobes watch the special features on the “Ratatouille” DVD? Rats are not gross!

  93. *yawn*

    It looks like it’s saying “I’m tired mummy” is a urber cute voice. XD

    The mouth is so cute!

  94. Subhangi says:


  95. wannadance says:

    my BFF is anna, aka, anna banana to all her BFF’s.

    when my daughter was little, we used to stick the banana stickers on our foreheads under our bangs, then suddenly turn to each other, flip up our bangs and yell BAAAANAAAANAAAAAA. that was 43 years ago..dern.

  96. jackie31337 says:

    AAAAAAA! So cute! I never thought of myself as a rat person, but I could definitely love one of these cuties. 🙂

  97. Rats aren’t gross, they’re gorgeous. I’ve had several and they are lovely little creatures.

  98. nothing cuter than a yawning rat, especially when accompanied by a good paw stretch

  99. KittyMarthaPoo says:

    OMG! Little pink nosies & ears! Squeeee! ! !

  100. ahhhhh sooo adorable!

  101. Ahhhh! Lurve wee rattehs!!!!! Me want. :-p

  102. sengetsuki says:

    cute….so cute….:faints: