Life’s a beach for pet rats Fin and Tofu who made waves as the world’s only rodents that can – SURF.
Dedicated Boomer Hodel, 14, has trained his two white rats to surf on custom-built 1ft long boards.
Fin and Tofu, both one-year-old rats, regularly take to the sea and surf waves up to 4ft and are even on a special diet to stay in shape.Boomer started their training by gently pushing the rats into tiny ripples at the water’s edge before moving them on to more advanced waves. Both the rats can swim and, after some early tumbles, can now perform tricks – often catching ‘tubes’ in front of stunned onlookers. Boomer, of Haleiwa, Hawaii, takes his rats surfing twice a week and draws big crowds of spectators at his local Laniakea Beach.
He said: ”Running on a wheel isn’t enough for Fin and Tofu – they like a more extreme rush. They love surfing. ”When they first started they were pretty shaky and would fall off quite a lot, but now their balance is so good they fall off less than most human surfers. ”Fin’s favourite trick is a tube ride – where the wave breaks over him and he rides through a tunnel of water.
”Sometimes he falls off his board and I have to take him back to the beach to warm him up with a towel. But he is always raring to get back out there.
”The first time I took the rats down to the beach it was to give them a wash because they were all dirty. But they loved the water so much I had to take them back.
”It also keeps them in great shape. I’ve put them on a special surfing diet as well which has really boosted their performance.
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