Everyone’s a rat in this tale

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — After burglars broke into the Gibson Group here, the production company’s owners weren’t so concerned about the missing stereo, computers or cell phones. Those can be replaced. Not so easy to replace is Sweetie, the rodent star of Gibson’s soon-to-be released international television series, who vanished in the robbery.

Sweetie stars in the latest installments of kids fantasy series “Mirror Mirror.” “Sweetie is a star. She is an important character …” explained art department co-ordinator Heidi Oosterman.

Oosterman said her staff will be scouring pet shops for a stand-in for the nine-inch star. “We will try and match her with another rat, but it’s not the same as our rat.”

The specially trained white-and-fawn rat had been depressed recently, rarely leaving her bed. “Something like this could devastate her,” Oosterman said.

They are mystified about why the thieves took the rat. “She is cute. She is not your everyday normal-looking rat. They didn’t steal her food, and I’m worried she will go hungry,” Oosterman said.

She warned the thieves that Sweetie is not always true to her name. “She is a sweetie with those she loves, but she bites people she doesn’t like and could be infectious.”

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