THIS JUST IN: Rats doing the ‘John and Yoko’

These dewds totally look like John and Yoko, only rattier.


The way things are going, they’re gonna crucify me, Lana M.!
Photo by Jessica F.



  1. platedlizard says:

    They look so snuggly.

  2. have to admit I am a bit scared of rats (the whole bubonic plague thing and also the ratty tail thing you know) but these two are very sweet

  3. The Rats are more interesting than John and Yoko. Lennon had a weird relationship with Yoko, calling her mother.
    I saw an installation by Yoko, at the Bienale in Liverpool last year, a collection of step ladders with lables on them – It were crap.

  4. CoconutCheez says:

    rats! i used to work w/ rats… these guys at younger age (like these ones) are super cute. <3!!

  5. When I see rats sleeping in a fuzzy pile, I always wish I were a rat for a moment and could jump in and join them.

  6. Queen of Dork says:

    Long live the Beatles! I always really liked John. Yoko was a bit odd. Anyway, these two are cuter looking than John and Yoko. Yodo. Yoko. Yodo. Yoko Help me….

  7. Pet rats don’t carry the plague, and besides, it was the fleas on the rats. 🙂

    Being a rat owner, these two are absolutely adorable and there should be more rat pictures up! Rats have neverending cuteness.

  8. They actually look less naked than John and Yoko.

  9. I agree: These guys are WAY cuter than John and Yoko. The whiskers are killer!

  10. Annapolitan says:

    Ohmygod, this is the kyootest pic EVER!

  11. Queen of Dork says:

    I’ve heard that rats are great, cuddly pets. Someone at work told me that. I guess I would have to know one to believe it. Not sure my adorababy cat would go for that. Not because he would hurt a rat, he’d be scared of it. We had a hamster for two and one half years which died earlier this summer. My cat was scared of it!!! My cat follows in the family footsteps of being an utter dork.

  12. I’m feeling overwhelmed by cuteness…the fact that their plump furry bellehs are touching just pushed it wayyy too far CO!

  13. Queen of Dork: They are very cuddly, though males tend to be more so as they are inclined to be lazier. I have 3 females and they’re a little nuts when out of their cage! But all of them are very sweet. 🙂
    Rats can be taught tricks and they clean themselves. They’re a good pet for people who want a smart pet but can’t have a cat or dog for some reason. 🙂 You can even train them to use a litter box. (though usually they choose to pee everywhere and will only poo in the box, but that’s still helpful.)

  14. Queen of Dork, I love the Beatles too, but you gotta admit that JOHN was a bit odd as well 😉

  15. Queen of Dork says:

    Kailen: What tricks can you teach them? I’m so happy you love your pets!!
    Alison: All of the Beatles were/are odd. But FABUOULOSITY IN MUSIC!!!

  16. I think the meeting point of two rat bellies is a new axis of snorgling.

  17. Queen: Things like spinning in a circle, giving a kiss… simple things, usually reinforced with food. 😉 They’re smarter than people think but they are still rodents, lol. They can learn to do simple little things, mostly.

  18. Queen of Dork says:

    Patito Gigante: I’ve always wanted to talk to you since the huge rubber ducky thing. Where you talked about crushing stuff. So hilarious! But I sometimes cannot play because I’m at work and the mean computer police there won’t let me do this so I miss out.
    Kailen: Cool…spinning in a circle and kissing? Wow! I couldn’t even begin to get SamKitty to do that!

  19. so cute ….y do we fight? we can all live together

  20. Queen: Haha, yeah, I actually haven’t taught my girls anything. Though they do come to me when I whistle!

  21. Queen of Dork says:

    All jokes aside, I really do miss John Lennon. He was one of our coolest. Like Bob Marley, Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

    *Where have all the flowers gone?*

    (Totally waving lit lighter in my upstretched hand. Totally)

  22. Queen of Dork, I SMASH YOU COMPUTER POLICE!!!

    (ironically, my cat Maude just hopped up on the table and is whapping her tail all over the keyboard to make me stop computing)

  23. kibblenibble says:

    Leetle innocent closed eyes, teekly wheeskers, and peenk! *clunk*

  24. I would not mind a paw or nosicle closeup….
    Who knew that in addition to ‘bed peace’ and ‘hair peace’, there was ‘snorgle peace’ and ‘rat peace’.

    Standing in the cage at Southampton
    Trying to get to the noms we both need
    The Ham in the Mac
    Squeaked, “You’ve gotta go back”
    You know, they didn’t even give us a seed

    Humans, you know it ain’t easy
    It is as hard as can be
    To run in a wheee-eeel
    Makes you as hungry as can be!

  25. I think comparing ratties to John and Yoko do a disservice to ratties everywhere. I know I wouldn’t want to be compared to Yoko Oh No!!

  26. Awwwww! I’m a rattie owner myself. They are just as cute and lovable as they appear in the picture. I love seeing my boys all snuggled in a pile like this. It’s just TOO precious! And when they are all sleepy cute like this, they love their pettin’s and will start grooming you with leetle pink tongues. ❤

  27. Queen of Dork says:

    Patito Gigante: Thank You! Smash Bad Things!!!

  28. Queen of Dork says:

    Patito Gigante: You are still so totally cracking me up!!! STOP IT! Not really, make me laugh, I loves eets. I love your avatar! Wait until the day that you see my heart stopping avatar. I hope it won’t scare anybody. Theo told me how to do it but I just haven’t yet. But it’s MAGNIFICENT. (too be continued…….)

  29. Queen of Dork says:

    P.S. SamKitty says “hi” to Maude.

  30. VERY CUTE!

    We need more rat pics. Definitely need more rat pics. I submitted a photo of one of my boys awhile back but it didn’t make the cut. 😦

    And to any doubters, rats are WONDERFUL pets. I’m on rats #19 and 20 and can’t imagine myself ever not having at least one.

  31. Queen of Dork says:

    Gosh. I keep hearing about what great companions rats are. I’ve never had one. I think my cat would claw me to death in my sleep if I got a rat.

  32. They have fingernails. FINGERNAILS.


  33. LOVE John, LOVE Yoko and LOVE this pic! 😀

  34. They look like a sweet couple of ratties.

  35. Two Virgins.

  36. Queen of Dork says:


    All we need is love.

  37. Queen of Dork says:

    Patito Giganto: Smash! Smash! Break! Breeaakk! crap.

  38. I want to be squished between the bellehs. Rat hugs!! SQUEE!!!

  39. My girls Honey and Daisy get all snugglely like that… only with Daisy somehow wrapped around Honey’s neck like a scarf. If only their cage was in better shape I’d be going picture crazy when ever they did it.

  40. John and Yoko were years ahead of their time, with all them pics and videos of them nekkid. Now total nobodies can post nekkid pics of themselves on the net. :mrgreen:

    [So tempted… sassy comebacks… overwhelming… – Ed.]

  41. @Saffron–Brillo!

    Rat cuddlies….I swoon, I brusk.

  42. Also, I’m not entirely sure it’s a good idea to encourage PG’s smash urges.

  43. “…There were rats, Dad.”

  44. Thank you so much for featuring rats lately – it’s so great to see my favorite furballs recognized for the extreme cuteness they possess 🙂

  45. Rats!
    They are lovely. ❤

  46. All we need is rats … ❤

    Now please publish my rat also 😉

  47. Oh, where is Cambridge -Rat-Mom? She would like this…

  48. “In My Life… I Love You More”……..Sweet.

  49. @Zuzzie — ooh, well spotted! Photo link updated, and y’all gotta check this one out too… RATTIE PAWS

  50. 😀 soo cute, I wish that there were more rats. I’m gonna try sending mine in :]

  51. oh my gawd! rat snuggles. I love it. I love their little rat hands and their whiskers and their little nosicles, and how snuggly with eachother they are. sweet little rat dreams.

  52. Just so people are aware, as I’ve seen several plague comments, these are norway (or brown) rats. All domestic and most wild rats are norway rats. They did not, and never have, spread plague.
    Plague was spread by rattus rattus, the black rat, a completely different species.
    The norway rat actually helped END plague by out-competing and driving away the black rat. So any plague comments directed at pet rats are completely irrelevent!
    Just some info for anyone who wants to recoil in fear of plague from pet rats, its totally silly!

  53. OH MY GOD. If you click the photo and it brings you to flickr in the comments the ratties ARE HOLDING HANDS. Awwww. Kinda like the otters!

  54. The rats are cute.

    The John and Yoko pic made me barf a little. Nothing uglier than somebody else’s scrawny naykid man humped up on somebody first thing in the morning. Eww.

  55. The Beatles were before my time……….. didn’t know about John and Yoko, didn’t want to, and DID NOT NEED TO SEE THAT PICTURE!!!!!!! GAAAAAAHHH!!! MY EEEEYYYEEESSSSS!!!!!

    Cute rats. I like Zuzzie’s link to Duck and Worm–total cuteness. And white rats are cool.

  56. I write about rats, my first book coming out next year, so this is especially cute to me! Thanks for posting!

    xoxo — Hilary

  57. Theresa, Morgel the friendly Drelb and I wish you Happy Birthday and many happy returns of the day!

    Out for Yom Kippur– L’Shana Tova Tiketevu Peeps! May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life. See ya on Tuesday!

  58. Having shared that, I must relate a store about John and Yoko. I have a co-worker who is from NY. She was walking in Central Park one autumn day and coming towards her were none other than J and Y! She tried so hard to be cool and managed to squeak out a strangled “Hi,” to which John nodded and smiled and Yoko grinned, staring straight ahead. She said they were such a gorgeous couple, much more handsome and cool than any of their pictures show and looked very happy and in love. That’s the mental picture I want to keep!

  59. They kinda look like kitties…with long faces.CUTE!!!

  60. Shadowtiger says:

    The American Fancy Rat is, as others have pointed out, a pretty good pet. They’re about as smart as dogs, about as clean as cats, and don’t take up too much space. They’re very affectionate and their tails aren’t as scaly and icky as people seem to think. The only real downside to rats is their short lifespan–two or three years, usually, though some live as long as five. The Spoiled Ratten Rattery (google it if ye doubt) has some wonderful pictures and information about the breed that I often point people to if they want to know more. I’ve also got a four page handout I take with me to pet events and pet stores to spread ratty awareness, filled with history and pet-keeping information, but it’s waaay too long to post here.

  61. “We’re bigger than Cheesus!”

  62. This is WAY more Instant Karma than anything else though. 🙂

  63. Freya Crescent says:

    Queen of Dork and Kailen:You folks should check out hero rat! Rats can be trianed to sniff out land mines and tuberculosis! (I cant spell)

    and can I just say Ratties= ❤ (i currently have about 40, but most of them is babies)

  64. I really liked the photos on Flickr – especially the ones with the teeny teddy bear, and where their two tails form a heart… But I have to say I was a little freaked out by the video clips on flickr that show just how BIG they are!

  65. Shadowtiger says:

    For those interested, the Spoiled Ratten Rattery varieties page, showing various coats and configurations, can be found here:
    Therein can be found many, many cute rats for the rodent enthusiast to “squee” at.

  66. I love my rats! And these rats. If I had a camera, I’d take qte pictures of them and try to submit to Cute Overload. Lex the hairless hermaphroditic wonder would get in for sure.

  67. Queen of Dork says:

    Freya Crescent: They can sniff out that stuff?! Wow. Animals are so cool.

  68. I had an albino rat and I named him chris. I loved him with all my heart. he lived for 4 years before I had him euthanized because I could see that he was starting to not be so happy anymore and I’d rather him not be in pain than keep him alive for my pleasure. I used to walk around with him on my shoulder and hold him while I did my homework. he NEVER bit me once. not even a snap. a lot of people think that a rat will just bite you anytime, anywhere, but usually that bite when people pick them up by their tails and they are biting to get a hold on something so they don’t fall. also females bite if they have a litter to protect them, just like all animal mothers. they aren’t dirty either, unless the environment is dirty. it sounds silly, but some people disfavor albino rats because of the red eyes and it really doesn’t mean anything except that this rat has no melanocytes or pigment cells. it happens in humans too.

    I’m sorry that was so long but I had to put my two cents in. I love rats.

  69. Actually red eyes in rats are just a genetic thing, like different people have different color eyes. Any color rat can have red eyes. Some rats even have one red eye and one black eye.

  70. Well at least someone’s ratties got on here. Since the ones of my babies never got posted. 😛 Rats are beautiful and misunderstood creatures. And these two are adorable…I want to stick my face between them and make baby noises. lol.

  71. We have two rattie girls named Elaine & Vera. They are adorable! I love how they hold their little treats in their two ‘hands’ to eat them. I have to control myself or they’d be fat as little piggies!

  72. Colonel Jenna says:

    This is killing me. My rat Blue died two weeks ago and the saddest thing in the world is an empty cage. Looking at these two sweeties, and reading everyone’s comments about their own happy rodents makes me sad. But in about a month I will have time to properly spoil a new rat-rat. I hope he likes tickles as much as his predecessors did. Tikus the Worlds’ Second Greatest Rat once drew blood trying to pull my finger to him for a long-overdue cuddle. The only time any rodent ever drew blood on me and beleive me I’ve had plenty of rodents of all sizes over the decades. I have only been bitten twice by rats, and the first time I was handing Comet a hot dog and I smelled like hot dog and it served me right for being stupid.

    As to Yoko Oh-no: When a friend was getting ready for a major life change and wanted to pick a new name to go along with it, I had to talk her out of picking the name Yoko. She was too young to know what she was doing and thought it was a pretty name, so I had to tell her that I really had just seen a bumper sticker that said, “Still mad at Yoko”. Just imagine all the hassle I saved her!

  73. It’s GREAT to see some rat pics! I SUGGEST MORE!!! Rats are THE BEST pets.

  74. Ben the two of us need look no more
    We both found what we were looking for
    With a friend to call my own, I’ll never be alone
    And you my friend will see, you’ve got a friend in meee.

  75. Aww…wuv dat…and nothing so sweet as snuffling in your ear or a rat nose up your nostril o< : 3 )~~