Sam died several days ago. Sam was a bundle of fear-driven neuroses, having come from an abusive situation before he came to us. He was never remotely social and no one could ever touch him, let alone give him a pet. The closest I ever got on that score was having him accept a treat from me now and then. He was older than Havelock and definitely an alpha rat – he was a terrible bully and fought constantly. All that said, Sam was responsible for over half our current rats and he was a very good rat daddy, so let that be his epitaph.