Yes, those are in fact baby rats. And no they are not gross or disgusting.
We have about 5 new little ones living in our shed out back. We're pretty sure they've made a great home in our giant wood pile.
Since they are so tiny, they seem get along with the birds who frequent our bird feeder. They all seem to stay away from the backyard squirrel family.
They aren't harming us by living in our wood pile and are helping us clean up after the birds who are quite messy eaters.
Aren't they just so cute?