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#259311 - 04/12/07 03:47 AM Icarus passed away

Icarus passed away last night, probably too much stress from his new cage ...

I changed cage last Saturday. I did as advised: did not wash their toys so they keep their smell and arranged the toys and nest in the new cage as they were in the old cage.

They were all quite stressed but Lima, Laya, and Sloubi managed to get used to the cage, the new noises, the new shadows it made. Not Icarus.

Until Tuesday evening, though you could see he was stressed, he was acting almost as usual except he would not eat much but he used to have a weird food pattern: sometimes he would eat a lot and sometimes not so much. So his weight used to vary quite a lot (between 100g to 105g). So when he started weighing 101g I was not too worried.

Except that yesterday morning he had dropped to 96g and would not take his crickets. I called the vet to get an appointment for Saturday. When I got home last night, he was in a very bad condition. He was dehydrated and his body temperature had dropped. I forced him to take some BML and carried him in pouch with a heat pad.

The emergency vet came. Though he was not familiar with gliders (it was the first time he saw one) he made the following diagnosis: tachycardia, polypnea, dehydratation, hypothermia, suspicion of pneumonia (Icarus had a pneumonia at the end of 2005 and that was his weak point). All that possibly caused by stress or something else. He gave him an injection of Baytril and another one to rehydrate him.

I was supposed to take Icarus to my usual exotic vet this morning but Icarus passed away a few minutes after the emergency vet left. He started to search for his breath and passed away in a minute. Maybe his heart was weak or his kidneys, I don't know ... Maybe he was just old: I never knew his exact age, between 7 to 10 years old (he was a rescue).

He told me he was tired and wanted me to leave him quiet (I talk to animals). I didn't want to think he might pass away so I did not ask him if he was hurt or had a pain ... I wish I had ...

I'm really sad. I didn't want him to pass away like that ... I can only regret I didn't take him to the vet yesterday morning ...

On the other hand, I can be happy to still have Lima his female and their two beautiful babies: Sloubi and Laya. It makes it hurt a little bit less ...

Thank you for reading me to the end.


#259312 - 04/12/07 04:19 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]
Their_mommy Offline
Glider Guardian

Registered: 11/07/06
Posts: 767
Loc: Canton Tx
Bless your heart. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Icarus.
He loved you every minute he was with you and know that he took that with him.
He is at peace and I hope your heart heals soon from the loss.
God bless.
As time goes by and my loves pass. I will forever be greatfull for the time we had together. I will see you soon my loves.

#259316 - 04/12/07 04:51 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: Their_mommy]

I am so sorry, I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

#259331 - 04/12/07 06:14 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]
pappy1264 Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 11015
Loc: MA
I am so very sorry on your loss. Sometimes, as hard as it is, there are times when no matter when you take them in, there is nothing that could have been done. I am glad you have your other three to carry on his legacy. Again, I am so sorry.
Timmy, Gidget(RIP), Bandit, Petey(RIP), Phoebe, Jake (RIP) Piper(RIP), Pru(RIP), Paige, Cole, Molly(RIP), Oliver, Wyatt, Roo(RIP), Romeo, Pennie, Mandy(RIP), Madison, Garth, Kikipoo, Stasia, Bella, Petunia(RIP), Helen, Sydney, Kizzy and Sweet Pea's mom,

#259338 - 04/12/07 06:49 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: pappy1264]

I am sorry for your loss.

#259341 - 04/12/07 07:13 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]
Cora Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 04/16/05
Posts: 6573
Loc: Kilgore, Texas
USDA Licensed Breeder

#259342 - 04/12/07 07:15 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: Cora]

Thank you guys!

#259359 - 04/12/07 08:18 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

Aw, I'm so sorry to hear Icarus has passed. It's so hard when we lose one. "Outsiders" really don't understand how we fall so deeply in love with these little guys, but know that we all know just how you're probably feeling right now.

When our little Amelie passed away, we made her a beautiful box, lined with velvet and we wrapped her in her favorite fleece blankie, put in some yoggies and her monkeys and a little note from me, my mom and my little brother and we buried her in the back yard under a gorgeous tree.

The note was so if anyone found her later on that they would know she was a beloved pet to someone at some time. It helped a lot to have a little funeral for her because she died so quickly there wasn't much time to get used to her being gone.

Give your other babies lots of love and attention cuz they're gonna be missing Icarus a lot as well...

#259364 - 04/12/07 08:38 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]
ValkyrieMome Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 01/13/07
Posts: 10983
Loc: Denton, TX
Jael, thank you for sharing about Amelie's funeral.

Ganesh - I'm so very sorry for the loss of Icarus. Big hugs of comfort. Hope that peace finds you soon.
"Animals can communicate quite well. And they do. And generally speaking, they are ignored." Alice Walker

Mom to Valhalla; 6 cats; 1 macaw; 2 hedgehogs;
and very many great gliders!

(plus the 2 skin kids)

Kyrie, nothing will ever fill the hole you left in my heart.

#259366 - 04/12/07 08:40 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

I don't feel ready right now for the burial but we'll bury Icarus in the coming weeks I guess. He'll be buried with lots of flowers, as we did with our other pets who passed away before him. He's our first glider to pass away ...

Laya her daughter was closer to him and she's acting a bit funny since last night. She was so scared by the dead body: the other two just groomed Icarus a little and then went away, she just jumped away from him everytime we tried to get her close to him to let her smell he had died (I thought that might help them to smell the body ...).

#259373 - 04/12/07 08:48 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

Well here I am another teary morning reading my first post. frown I'm so sorry for you loss. I hope you, Lima, Sloubi & Laya will be ok. Sending hugs & kisses your way.

#259388 - 04/12/07 09:02 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]
jannee66 Offline
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Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 3346
Loc: Mobile,Alabama
I'm sorry for your loss. hug2
wave Jannie

I heart my Sweet Spellbinding Sugar :glider:s

Glider Kisses
Pouches and Cage Sets

#259402 - 04/12/07 09:25 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: jannee66]

I'm sorry for the loss of your Icarus.Sending love and hugs.

#259426 - 04/12/07 09:46 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

Oh how sad. I am so sorry for your loss. I can tell the two of you had a very special bond. hug2

#259877 - 04/12/07 05:18 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]
Xfilefan Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 8899
Loc: Jacksonville, FL
Aw, I'm sorry. hug2 hug2
I remember your posts from when Icarus was sick before. He was sure a little fighter, but sometimes they know better than we do when they just need to let go-when nothing will fix what is wrong. heart
Rescues can be especially hard, they wrap those little fingers into our hearts, and sometimes bring trauma and damage with them you can't see, can't fix. You just love them for the time you are given with them, and do your best that when they do go, whether a week, a year, a day, or a decade, they know they were loved and cared about, the best was done for them medically and emotionally, and they were warm and happy and fed things they liked with company who loved them.
Jen/Colin :bb: Commander Riker 12 16 02-10 04 12 you will be FOREVER missed :wfb: Sinbad, :wfb: Gabby, :grey: Baby, and :grey: Alley

#260788 - 04/13/07 05:51 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: Xfilefan]
mattysmom Offline
Glider Guardian

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 1234
Loc: Tarpon Springs, FL
There are no words in any language to say how sorry I am to hear that you've lost Icarus. These little gliders capture our hearts. Cherish his memories. Icarus will always be in your heart and you have his daughter to keep him close to you.
Moira & Matty & my zoo

#260888 - 04/13/07 08:33 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: mattysmom]
Mel2mdl Offline
Glider Addict

Registered: 07/20/06
Posts: 4212
Loc: Garland, TX
I am so sorry to hear of your loss! My thoughts are with you!
Molly, son & husband:

Chairman Meow
Oscar & Thomas
Sam, Diego, Delilah, Delia :wfb:
Nevada, Noel
Marcel, Dakota, Latte
Dexter, Didi, Almond, Joy and Fitz
Karl,Lenny,Jynxie,Chamille, Kee & Mr. Beans in my heart forever.
Teaching teenagers-part joy, part guerilla warfare! :rbridge:

#260904 - 04/13/07 08:48 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: Mel2mdl]
BeckiT Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 09/29/06
Posts: 16083
Loc: Manitowoc, WI
I'm sorry to hear you lost Icarus Ganesh! hug2
~Becki & Crew~
Glidin' High Sugar Gliders
So You Want to Own a Sugar Glider? Read and Share wink

#260910 - 04/13/07 08:50 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: Mel2mdl]
GliderLove Offline
Glider Addict

Registered: 06/08/06
Posts: 4801
Loc: SE Minnesota..
cry upset Oh my heart breaks every time I read about the loss of a glider, I am so very sorry about the passing of Icarus, I can't bear the thought of that day, my thought and prayers are with you. cry hug2 hug2
Mom to
Jae, Ashton, Briannah, Nevaeh & Addy

& all my fuzzies!
Breeder of Leu's, Mosaics, wfb, and standard grey's.
Owner of

:rtmo: :leu:

#260932 - 04/13/07 09:11 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: GliderLove]

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you.

#260936 - 04/13/07 09:14 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers and hugs are coming your way. hug2

#262655 - 04/16/07 03:10 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

Thank you all guys for your thoughts and prayers.

#262663 - 04/16/07 04:33 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

I am so sorry to hear your beloved friend passed away, you will be in my prayers as he is now in a better place and he is not in any pain.. sending lots of hug2 hug2 hug2 hug2 your way.. if you need some1 to talk to please pm me i wil give you my number you can call me anytime..

#262664 - 04/16/07 04:56 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

Are you Shaman?? Just thought I would ask becuase of the connection you spoke about with him... And so sorry to hear about your poor Icarus. There is not much you could have done if it was his time to go but he knows you love him and he is happy now. He is still with you though so smile so him :-)

#262682 - 04/16/07 06:16 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

I can feel he's still with me. It's like his spirit is floating in the house. The other night, I was not at home and had no gliders with me, I woke up because I heard Icarus bark.

I'm not a Shaman yet: I'm still learning and practising and it's hard, especially with your own pets because you are so much emotionally involved. I couldn't get Icarus tell what was wrong with him. I just got the message he had enough and wanted to leave and be quiet. I wish I had more shamanic skills ...

#263330 - 04/16/07 07:11 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]

I am working on mine as well. It is still all new and a little confusing to me but it makes so much more sense to me than anything else ever has. So yes, I know how you are feeling. I know Scrat is miserable but he is trying to hard and he is not ready to go yet. You should PM me sometime and we can talk. I have a wonderful friend named Peter who is also Shaman and is WONDERFUL to talk to. He is much further along than I am.

#263352 - 04/16/07 07:44 PM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: ]
Usha77 Offline
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Registered: 03/05/07
Posts: 4007
Loc: Greeley, CO
I'm so sorry for your loss hug2
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And Nacho (dog)
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#263610 - 04/17/07 03:15 AM Re: Icarus passed away [Re: Usha77]

Oh gosh, I am so sorry for your loss. You did just what you were supposed to do. He is still with you and always will be. When you look at Lima, Sloubi and Laya there he will be..My prayers and hugs coming your way...


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