It was a dark and stormy night. Actually no it wasn’t…just an ordinary Dunedin evening… but it was already dark that Thursday in early August, when Nic Millar finished her day job as a busy doctor. Instead of going home to relax, that night she had another appointment, down in the dingy cold back room of the Science Communication building. Jane would probably tell me to quit being dramatic here and get to the point. Nic owns a rat. A very large Norway rat who goes by the name of Oscar. And Nic selflessly gave up her evening all out of the goodness of her heart (and a payment of Poppa’s pizza), so we could film Oscar. Oscar was great to work with and did lots of good ratty things for us- aside perhaps from swimming lengths in a little tepid aquarium. Oh, and he was a little…ah..rotund for doing the rope shot we had dreamt up. Without giving too much away- we just wanted to say THANKS to Nic for the use of her lovely fat rat in our film.