Well, in a first for me, I just approved rat leave for one of my employees. It seems one of his little kids got too affectionate with his new pet rat and caused a compound tail fracture (the kind where the broken bone sticks through the skin). He's taking half a day off and paying $60.00 for surgery on a five dollar rat.
Apparently there are rat surgeons out there.
I would have been happy to give him one of the rats from the crawlspace under my house for free.