My degus decided to kill each other today. I have no idea why. They are sisters and have been together for the past three and a half years. Earlier today I heard weird squealing and they were rolling around in a big ball. They were obviously exhaused at this point but were still shoving at each other. Both were bloody but Ichigo was the worst off. She was covered in wounds...especially on her face. Her tooth had been chipped, too
. When I pulled them apart they both collapsed and Ichigo wouldn't get up...she was breathing weird and sometimes twitching
. Hikaru seemed better off but still had a huge gash in her side and bites on her paws.
Of course I freaked out and rushed them to the emergency vet. After checking them over they found that Ichigo might have damaged nerves and there was something wrong with her nasal passage...I can't remember what happend to it. Her jaw was kind of messed up too. Hikaru wasn't as bad but still needed surgery. They didn't know if Ichigo would make it and even if she did she might have many more issues but I wanted them to try anyways. She didn't make it. She actually died before they even anesthized her
. I'm extremely upset and writing this is making me tear up again.
Hikaru, on the other hand, made it through the surgery and is doing a lot better then the vet thought she would. She's on antibiotics and painkillers...I have no idea how I'm going to catch her to give them to her
. I might keep her in a carrier for the next week so it's easier to give her meds. It's hard to catch her when she's in her cage since it's multi-levelled with a bunch of hiding places.
I'm in complete shock. I have no idea what would have caused them to fight like that. It's just not something degus do...especially female littermates that have been together for years. They had a big cage, too...
If Hikaru recovers I don't know if I should get another degu. I don't want to...especially if they end up fighting. But at the same time I don't want her to be lonely. Maybe she wants to be alone, though
. Yet after the fight she was actually cuddling with Ichigo...it was all very strange.
I'm so upset