Rat cuddling with teddy bear under blanket

Photo: Jessica Florence/Flickr

Forget everything you think you know about rats. These adorable varmints don't get enough credit, but photographers Jessica Florence and Ellen van Deelen are making up for that with their aww-inspiring photographs of these gentle critters. Whether it's snuggling up with a teddy bear or crawling into a glove, rodents are ready to cuddle!

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Two rats cuddling

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat cuddling with brown teddy bear

Photo: Ellen van Deelen

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Rats cuddling in blue mittens

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat with toy elephant

Photo: Ellen van Deelen

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two rats snuggling with a teddy bear

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat snuggling with teddy

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat snuggling with stuffed animals on a bed

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat with a teddy in a carriage

Photo: Ellen van Deelen

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Rat all tucked in with bear

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat snuggling with bear

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rats snuggling on top of each other

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat with golden teddy

Photo: Ellen van Deelen

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Rat on big teddy bear

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rats holding hands

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat with rubber ducky

Photo: Jessica Florence

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rat sleeping in a pile of stuffed rats

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rats sleeping in teddy's arms

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat sleeping in heart blanket

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat sleeping in glove

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Rat sleeping snuggled up in pink blanket

Photo: Jessica Florence

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rat wearing a beanie

Photo: Jessica Florence

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Two rats sleeping in a bed

Photo: Jessica Florence

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