Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

A committed photographer who’s made it her mission to remove the stigma attached to the creatures took these adorable rat portraits.

Diane Ozdamar’s vibrant images feature rodents cutely cuddling flowers, eating fruit, playing with bubbles and lovingly interacting with each other.

The 32-year-old photographer, who lives in Montreal, shot her Fancy Rats series over a number of years.

The idea stemmed from fostering abused and abandoned rats in the hope of finding them new homes, Diane said — in order to get them adopted, she had to shoot cute pictures to make them more appealing to wannabe pet owners. (Caters News)

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Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

A committed photographer who’€™s made it her mission to remove the stigma attached to the creatures took these adorable rat portraits. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

Diane said: “That was how I began taking pictures of them, and I tried to take the best images I could to properly show their personalities. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

The idea stemmed from fostering abused and abandoned rats, Diane said. In order to get them adopted, she had to shoot cute pictures to make them more appealing to wannabe pet owners. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

“Each rat is quite different — they may be small but they really have huge personalities. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

The photographer believes that the negative impressions of rats stem from their wild siblings; Diane, however, focuses purely on domestic rats. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

Through her images, Diane hopes to showcase the positive characteristics of rats — especially pet rats, which, she said, are “mellow and playful little creatures.” (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

(Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

“It is quite hard to get them to pose, but it is also incredibly rewarding to spend some time with them, observing their interactions and getting their displays of affection.” (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

Her fondness for rats began in high school, when a good friend of Diane’s happened to own two of the creatures. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

Having initially been cautious of the pets, Diane said she soon discovered “how incredibly smart, affectionate and playful these beautiful animals are.” (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

Diane said: “Rats usually move quite fast, they are very curious and always eager to explore their surroundings and play.” (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

Diane Ozdamar’s vibrant images feature rodents cutely cuddling flowers, eating fruit, playing with bubbles and lovingly interacting with each other. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

“These pictures played a great role in finding these rats their forever home and also helped some people overcome their phobia, so I decided to carry on and keep working on the series.” (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

The 32-year-old photographer, who lives in Montreal, shot her “Fancy Rats” series over a number of years. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

Photographing them, though, can be both very fun and very frustrating. For half of the time during her shoots, Diane interacts with the rats, making them feel comfortable. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

Once they have explored the area, Diane gives them treats and cuddles, so that the rats slow down a little, allowing her to then photograph the rodents. (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

Adorable rat portraits look to remove stigma attached to rodents

“I would love people to consider adopting rats — and any other animal — from animal shelters, or at least responsible breeders if they can’t find rescue ones.” (Diane Ozdamar/Caters News)

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