The marital problems of Chantal and Chester Banks began, as many problems do, with rats. The husband and wife of 11 years disagreed about the keeping of so many rats in the house. Chantal loves her rats, but Chester grew frustrated at coming home to find more rats in the house. He told Chantal Banks he no longer wanted the animals. Chantal was demoralized by her husband’s decision to no longer care for her rats.
So when her husband told her he didn’t want rats in the house anymore, she moved into a two-bedroom apartment so she could keep her 19 pets.
“My husband will never have the type of bond that I have with my rats,” Banks said. “My rats don’t judge me. They love me for who I am. When I cry, they lick my tears. And when they’re hungry, I feed them.”
Banks is being featured on an upcoming episode of The Learning Channel show “My Crazy Obsession.” In an episode preview, she says she felt like she found her purpose in life when she got her first rat at 16 years old and has had them ever since.