Kuu Säde was about a year old in this pic, taken just after Yule of 2002
his name is Finnish for "Moonbeam", because his coloring looked like he had been dipped in liquid moonlight.

If you look closely, you can see that there's still wrapping paper from his gifts in his house.
Rats are SO smart! They can open their gifts just like humans!

Kuusa died at a little over 3 years old (which is REALLY old for a rat!).
Click on the heart to visit his memorial page.