passed out prairie dog
Have any of you other prairie dog owners ever seen your pet (or relocators seen wild ones) experience what can best be described as a fainting spell ? Twice now, with two different pets, & 1 wild pd. we have witnessed strange behavior. One wild caught adult male, during a relocation, we put in a cage & he fell over on his back & didn't move. We got him out, & handled him till he came to. I am not sure whether he was breathing or not. After a few minutes he seemed perfectly fine. We put him back in the cage & went on working. He died later. He appeared to be old. Poss. heart attack?
A while back, one of our pets, Norman, did the same thing. Out of the blue, he just keeled over. We poked him, & spoke to him with no response. My husband picked him up & he was limp as a dish rag.
Again we worked with him till he came out of it. Today, it happened again, another pet, Bang-Bang, a very healthy 4 year old female. This time we were sitting near-by, I looked up just in time to see her fall over backwards. I don't know if she was sitting or standing before, but she went limp, just like the others had. We are scared to death that if we hadn't been here for them, they may have just laid there & died. Maybe we are just over-protective parents, but we are afraid to leave them alone.