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Old 01-13-08, 01:31 AM   #1
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Brain is on his death bed :(

Our eldest Gerbil, Brain isn't doing so hot today. He was fine yesterday, but this afternoon I noticed he's suddenly disoriented, cold, and lethargic. Over the past 12 hours, he's gotten continually worse.

He brought us a pair of "surprise" litters when the other gerbil we got at the same time (named "Pinky" of course) ended up being a female. After more than a year together, I guess he finally figured out how to reproduce. The mom died shortly after the second litter came out, and he's lasted more than 2 years after that.

He's about 4 or 5 now, so it's probably his time to depart. It's strange how attached we get to our pets. Even the small ones. He'll be missed
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Old 01-13-08, 02:12 AM   #2
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Ouch. Any pet, no matter how seemingly small hurts when it passes on.

4-5 years is really good for a gerbil. I've heard their average lifespan is about a year, tops. It sounds like he was very well taken care of.
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Old 01-13-08, 06:41 AM   #3
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My condolences. We have a rattie girl who we believe had a stroke or some such a few weeks ago, she was near motionless for three days now shes up finding her way around the cage, eating well and interacting with the others, albeit rather shakily.
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Sorry to hear that, ax0n. It's certainly difficult knowing that a loved one, human or pet, is approaching death. ((hugs))
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Even the small furry guys are quickly missed

I used to have gerbils, I couldn't handle the turnover rate.
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I'm sorry about that, Axon.
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Sorry to hear it. And sorry about your poor rat Stacey, but hopefully she'll recover fully.
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Sorry to hear it. And sorry about your poor rat Stacey, but hopefully she'll recover fully.
Thanks but probably not. She's out lived most of her litter we rescued her with. She one hard case little rat, but she loves her mommies.
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Well, shortly after I posted this, he stopped trying to sit upright, and retreated to laying on his side. He breathed his last breath around 3:00 this morning, leaving behind 5 daughters from his first litter and one from his second. Compared to one of our gerbils who died of cancer, Brain's passing was relatively quick and peaceful. Thanks for the wishes, guys.
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I always wish more humans were like that...but we understand here.

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Ditto.

Sorry for your loss
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