Bushy-tailed wood rats aren't born beauties.
In youth they look like any other rat, especially with that ratty tail and brownish-gray coat.
A few months later however, their tails gets hairy and their coats acquire buffy highlights.
This animal of the subspecies Neotoma cinerea pulla was camera trapped last summer in a talus slide in the central Sierra Nevada, and I suspect it is a young adult.
In one night we got 54 photos of several woodrats, and there were three age classes.
Unfortunately, a large bulky rat, presumably a male, was the most timid subject, and all images of it were partial pictures.
The subspecies occidentalis seen in the previous post is more silvery and regal in coloration than these woodrats of the Sierra Nevada.
They are all good-lookers though.