My rat has a hunched back?

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    Hi there, please see the photos below. One of my female rats, Penny, has a really hunched posture. I know that this can be seen as a sign of illness if it happens suddenly, but she's looked this way since I got her at three months. She's now six months old and has grown a lot but maintained her hunched posture. She's not showing any signs of illness or pain. She's happy to be handled and runs and plays happily during freerange time. The only thing that sticks out to me is that she's not as good at climbing as the majority of other rats i've had.

    At first I thought it might be that her natural posture is more emphasized due to the fact that she's hairless. But if you look here at my brother's girlfriend's hairless rat you can see her back is not as hunched.

    Could this have been an injury she suffered before I got her that didn't heal correctly? Any and all advice welcome!

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