Today we ran out of babies to cuddle. On the 12th we lost our last rattie, Scout, who sort of suddenly became old about half a week beforehand. She got all wobbly and unco-ordinated and we had to mush up her food for her for the last few days, but she quite simply went to sleep during the day while we were out. She didn't get bitey or anything towards the end so we don't think she suffered at all. We named her Scout because when we brought them home, she kept leaving the box they came in to explore the cage before going back as if she was telling the others what she had found. She became very social towards the end as to keep her entertained she got free reign to run around the room all the time. Her fave thing was to sleep inside the sofa covers or cuddle inside my t-shirt if I leant backwards while sitting on the floor.
2010 - 2013
And just this morning, we lost our last gerbil, Peeper. He kept going and going long after Macintosh died, I was surprised really because I always imagined gerbils as departing quite quickly after their last sibling had gone, especially if they'd lived with them their whole lives. But he stayed quite chirpy and himself all the way to the end. Last night he was sitting in their hollowed out coconut very still, but I could see him breathing so I assumed he was okay. This morning we found him still inside but curled up as if he had literally gone to sleep. The other gerbils all had spasms and spent their last couple of hours manically running around the tank before passing, but it seems he just happily and peacefully went to sleep from old age. I'll really really miss my gerbils. They weren't as social or cuddly as the ratties were, but they were so cute and friendly all the same and they were Molly and I's first pets as a couple, and my first pets away from home. I don't think I'll get any more gerbils. I am happy that all four of them lived a long, full happy life for a gerbil.
2008 - 2013
Love you both, RIP Scout and Peeper.
I miss my babies
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