Official Loofah Tester
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: SE United States
My babies are gone
I'm sorry I've been gone for the last few days. We went on vacation and I didn't want to post about it until I got back. I was hoping to come back with lots of ratty pictures from our trip, but instead I have to cry on your shoulders. Since we'd be gone for 10 days, I left my brood in the care of a very capable pair of rat sitters who came to check on them every other day and play with them.
But with the colder temperatures outside, my air conditioning unit temperature gauge on my dinosaur of a thermostat chose this week to malfunction. My rat sitter left the babies on Tuesday morning doing fine, but came back Wednesday afternoon with the house registering close to 95 degrees inside, even though the thermostat had been set for 70 degrees. My three girls in the bottom cage unit were still alive, but Melon, Skinner, Pete, and Zanna, all of who were in the upper two cage units where it was hotter are all gone.
My sitter immediately transferred the three surviving girls to a smaller cage and moved them upstairs where the air conditioning is still working properly, and spent the rest of the evening making sure they were all right and comfortable. One of the sitters' father is a veterinarian who came over and checked on the three girls for her, and also took my lost babies to his office to keep them until I could come home again to take them home and say our farewells.
How does this happen? Why? I'm so sad right now. I'm feeling such guilt, like I should have even foreseen something like this. I also feel terrible for my sitters, who are broken up about it and holding their own guilt. I'm just thankful they were there to save my three. I have left my kids before over three day weekends with extra water and food with no issues. If this trip had been shorter where I might not have arranged a sitter, and had fallen on the days the unit went haywire, I'm sure none of my kids would have survived.
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Hanging out in the Land of New Feetsies:
Melon, Skinner, Black Pete, Zanna, Custard, Tucker, Jeffrey, Zmei, and Windham.