Fancy Rats, An Adorable Photo Series Showcasing the Softer Side of the Often Misunderstood Rodents

Zen by Diane Özdamar on 500px.com

In her wonderful photo series “Fancy Rats“, French illustrator and graphic designer Diane Özdamar created adorable scenes that showcase the softer, playful side of the rescued rats whom she and her circle of friends foster. Özdamar’s hope is to remove the stigma often associated with the misunderstood rodent.

As far as I can remember I have always loved rats and any rodent people would call “pest”. When I first got pet rats, I was thrilled to discover they were so clean, smart and affectionate, very far from the nasty dirty rat myth most people believe in. Thus, I decided to rescue and foster abandoned and abused rats until I could find them a forever home. This led me to take pictures of them: finding a home to a rat is not an easy task since they suffer from a very bad reputation and I had to make their cute personalities stand out so people would consider adopting them.

Sleepyhead by Diane Özdamar on 500px.com

Funny daisy by Diane Özdamar on 500px.com

Lunch time by Diane Özdamar on 500px.com

Rat in a hat by Diane Özdamar on 500px.com

Tiny rat on a tiny boat by Diane Özdamar on 500px.com

Autumn leaves by Diane Özdamar on 500px.com

Would you be my Valentine? by Diane Özdamar on 500px.com

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.