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Dang it...

Posted by Sonja K. at 3/18/2010 7:40:57 PM



The Spider BP (Sugar Ray) that arrived just a couple days ago (Tuesday) lost his fight this afternoon...

I knew as soon as I saw them that he was obviously the worst of the two - his neck couldn't have been much more than the thickness of a pencil, and he struggled to control his head movements - often turning his head back over himself. I knew he was weak and dehydrated. I soaked them both Tuesday evening, Wednesday afternoon, and then again this afternoon. 

Today, I had the large deli containers that I have been using for the soakings sitting on my desk while the kids napped and I was on the computer. I had less than a half inch of water in there... and I witnessed what happened... he had been soaking for about 25 minutes, everything seemed fine, when all of a sudden he began thrashing around in the countainer - I wasn't sure what was happening, but it didn't look good. After a bit, he passed a small amount of urates, then he was still again, but passed very shortly after that. That whole incident lasted probably only a couple minutes... but, it was a long couple minutes. I am glad I saw what happened, though, otherwise I may have blamed myself that there was too much water in there and he drowned, or something.

Sigh... I didn't even really get a chance to try and help this little one... I don't think I could have done anything differently to change this ones outcome. I think he was too far gone already when he arrived... I can't help but to be a little bummed, though.

The Sable (Ali) is hanging in there.... I will continue the soakings and attempt to feed him a small mouse fuzzy middle of next week and hope he is able to keep it down.




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Sonja ,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 7:51:30 PM  
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It would be interesting to know what actually happened there at the end.

RIP, Sugar


Leonard + Nikki ,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 8:08:47 PM  

:( Rip Suger Ray



tom mills,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 8:16:44 PM  

when i saw your post i said dont tell me.I knew what you were gonna say.I'm sorry 4 u!!That snake was cute as hell!!!good luck with the other 1  & bless your soul child!! =)



Meg Francoeur,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 8:44:52 PM  
Very sorry for your loss.  Are you sure these didn't have IBD or crypto?  The inability to remain in the right aspect is a sign of IBD and crypto can cause multiple regurges as can IBD.  I hope they didn't have anything that can be passed to any others and make sure the other is fully quarantined in another room.  I've seen whole collections destroyed due to both of these diseases.


Dawn Switzer,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 8:58:25 PM  
awwh sonja i am sorry to here that its soo sad when this happens:(  i hope the other one pulls thru damn shame he was a very nice look lil ball :( i will be prayering for the other one:)

best of luck hun !!!


Joseph Gahan,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 9:04:20 PM  
my heart goes out to you....sorry for your lose


Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 9:51:25 PM  
Thank you everybody.

Meg, I set them up in my house for quarantine - the rest of my collection is in a different building. I wouldn't have taken them if I hadn't been able to do that. And, I'm not sharing any husbandry tools, etc.

That's an excellent reminder for everbody about the importance of quarantining, though! 

The Spider was able to right himself, but when I put him in the deli container, whenever he'd bring his head up to explore at the lid, it was almost as if his head was too heavy and it would fall back down - sometimes straight behind him or to the side and in an attempt to get his head back into the right position, sometimes he'd cross back over himself... it was awkward looking, fo sure.

The Sable is not displaying any of those same "symptoms" - his movements have been "normal" to this point - he just more so looks on the thin side.


,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 11:20:21 PM  
I'm so sorry Sugar Ray didn't make it.  :(  I hope you are able to get Ali to pull through.


shellboa,
Posted At: 3/18/2010 11:34:02 PM  
Some times they simply fail to thrive. Could also depend on temps during incubation or any number of things. It is always important to quarantine even animals that look healthy.

I'm sorry that he lost Sonja, we know you did your best. Hopefully the other little bugger makes it.


Katie Baker,
Posted At: 3/19/2010 2:17:53 AM  
I'm so sorry :( 


Shannon ,
Posted At: 3/19/2010 12:53:41 PM  
That's terrible!! But you did what you could :-( I'm sorry for your loss. RIP Sugar Ray


April Yohn,
Posted At: 3/21/2010 12:38:56 PM  
I'm sorry to hear this but at least you gave him a chance he didn't have, sometimes they are just already too far gone to save. Sorry for your loss


Rebecca ,
Posted At: 3/21/2010 8:58:11 PM  
Sonja, I only just saw this.  I'm so sorry!  I wish you could've had more of a chance to turn him around, but with this happening so soon, I know there's nothing you could've done any better.  I sure hope Ali turns around for you!  I know this is rough, but I know you're giving them the best chance they were ever going to have!  :)

  
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