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#924806 - 03/30/10 12:09 AM Don't give up trying to revive them!

Over the weekend I made a horrible mistake, and tonight I am joining as many sugar-glider-related forums as possible to make sure no one makes the same stupid mistake.

Most of you know that toilets are one of the most dangerous things to a sugar glider in your home. If you're smart, you will keep an eye on the glider when they are out of the cage, and if you're smarter, you'll close the toilet lids as an extra precaution.

But, if for some horrible reason you should find your glider in the toilet - don't freak out. I assumed my baby was dead - she was completely rigid, unresponsive and not breathing when I pulled her out of the toilet. I tried rubbing her and pushing her stomach in and talking loudly: nothing. Worst feeling in the world.

But! She wasn't dead. Sugar gliders lack body fat so when they hit semi-cold water they immediately go into shock - which saved her life. It looked as if she was dead, and my boyfriend actually put her in a sack and stuck her on the back porch to keep me from [censored] out. But I begged him to keep trying, and I'm so glad I did.

He took her back in, rubbed in a towel while occasionally blowing hot breath on her, and in about five to ten minutes she grabbed his finger, and slowly starting breathing again. It was quite a miracle, to say the least.

But I couldn't help wondering if this terrible freak accident has happened to others, and if they assumed their glider was dead. Can you imagine if we left her on the back porch and she woke up?

God, a terrible thought. I am hoping to prevent this by sharing my mistake.

If you are unlucky and irresponsible enough as I was (and will NEVER be again) and you happen to find your glider in water, don't assume she is dead, please! Keep her warm and help her circulation. If she makes it, keep her warm for THREE days, and check on her breathing - if it is uneven she may have a respiratory infection, which is easy to treat by visiting your vet.

Don't give up on her!

Best of luck to all you glider lovers.

Edited by sugarlope (07/04/10 01:18 PM)
Edit Reason: changed title

#924810 - 03/30/10 12:14 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: ]
LSardou Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 03/01/06
Posts: 21060
Loc: Kansas
What a remarkable story. I am so glad to hear that your little one is alright now.

Thank you for sharing, and bring this to everyone's attention. hug2

Moving this to Health & Hygiene

#924814 - 03/30/10 12:21 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: LSardou]
Gizmogirl Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 07/31/09
Posts: 13454
Loc: South Africa
Wow, I am so glad you kept on trying! Glad your baby is alright now. Get a toilet sticker under classifiedcentral:
Casper & Liezl
:grey:Gizzy, Boesman, Muchu, Kiamon, Sky & Boog:grey:
A glider's eyes have the power to speak a great language

RIP Sugar 2009 & Kaida 2013

#924815 - 03/30/10 12:22 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: LSardou]

Yeah, I have heard of other people thinking their glider was dead and then having them come "back to life"...I guess out of shock.

Thanks goodness your girl is ok.

#924816 - 03/30/10 12:24 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: Gizmogirl]
WintersSong Offline
Glider Slave

Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 2294
Loc: NY
I am glad that to hear that things turned out alright.
Thank you so much for sharing.

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~Anais Nin

#924819 - 03/30/10 12:54 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: WintersSong]
Bozeman Offline
Glider Slave

Registered: 08/04/09
Posts: 2346
Loc: South Africa
I am glad to hear everything turned out ok. Let's be reminded of the dangers in our homes also. Slakesphere, gizmogirl is right, print out a toilet sticker, they are free!
:grey: Casper (Bozeman) & Liezl (Gizmogirl):grey:

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RIP: Sugar (2009) :grey:
You unfairly passed too young - your passing saved many gliders and will continue to do so

#924842 - 03/30/10 03:02 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: Bozeman]
glidrz5 Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 06/13/01
Posts: 7297
Loc: Quincy, IL
I'm so glad that you found her and were able to revive her.
Illusion, Malcom, Isabell, Annabelle, Zach, Isis, Aly & Indy
AND Miss Emmy & Miss Chloe kitties

:rbridge: My Angels: You are always in my heart.

You've flown to the rainbow
and wait there for me
Someday I will join you
together to be

#924844 - 03/30/10 03:25 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: glidrz5]
TempyKDog Offline
Glider Lover

Registered: 03/09/10
Posts: 338
Loc: Indiana
Thanks for sharing that! Im so glad she was okay

:grey: :rtmo:

#924847 - 03/30/10 04:56 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: TempyKDog]

I made toilet ladders. I took clear plastic canvas, zip ties and cheap toilet cleaners that hang on the inside of the toilet. I cut the toilet cleaner off it's bracket, zip tied a 2" x 4" piece of plastic canvas to it, bent the canvas a bit so it hugged the side of the toilet better, and clipped it toward the rear side of each toilet. I double check cage latches all the time, and I'm always checking the toilets to make sure the lids are down, but in a house with 3 boys, you can't be sure they will always shut the lids.

#924851 - 03/30/10 05:06 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: ]
sugarglidersuz Offline
Glideritis Anonymous

Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 14788
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Thank you for relating your experience to all of us so we could learn. I knew that gliders could go into hypothermia quite easily, but didn't know that would cause them to appear deceased. Your experience, and the sharing of it, will likely save many other gliders' lives.
Suz Enyedy
:bb: Carina & Coobah
Allira & Gizmo :grey:
:grey: Picasso, Trinity Joy & Luna
:rbridge: DaisyMae; Darwin; Mareki; Mambo; Pika; Cricky; Reggie & Bobo, Pepe & Bittah

Suz' Sugar Gliders

#924853 - 03/30/10 05:58 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: ]

A truly beautiful story - I'm so glad your boyfriend listened to you and you got your baby back -

owned by

#924900 - 03/30/10 09:44 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: ]
tjlong Offline
Glider Slave

Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 1710
Loc: Washington
What an unfortunate event with such a fantastic ending! Thank you for sharing. What you experienced will definitely help others.
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#924921 - 03/30/10 10:46 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: tjlong]
hwh4ev Offline
Glider Addict

Registered: 12/03/08
Posts: 2833
Loc: roseville, mi
i am glad your baby is safe. this is a true learning experience for us, bringing the glider back.

thank you,
nancy in detroit
nancy in roseville (formerly in detroit)

#924922 - 03/30/10 10:47 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: tjlong]
SariYappa Offline
Serious Glideritis

Registered: 05/11/08
Posts: 5997
Loc: Upstate, SC
What an amazing story. clap Yay for your baby being safe and sound with Mommy & Daddy again!

Thank you for sharing this story with as many suggie lovers as possible. I'm sure you'll be helping other glider slaves save their baby's lives! thanks
*Whatever I said, I said it with a Smile*

wave Sari


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#924937 - 03/30/10 11:15 AM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: SariYappa]
Feather Offline

Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 11945
Loc: Wisconsin
I am so glad that this terrible situation turn out good. I hope your little one continues to thrive.

Please people keep all containers of water or liquids covered. Even if you think the glider cannot possibly fit into the container they can. I remember a post months back where the glider got into a gallon jug with liquid in it and she found him just before he got to tired to tread water and had to cut apart the jug to get him out.

Open containers of any liquid = dead glider!
Feathers-Sweetie, Sklyar Blue, Mister Peanut, Big Mack & Ibo
Fur-Widget, Guinan, Mr. Spock, T'Mir, Micheal, Stevie, Cho & :bb: T'Pol, Elizabeth & Curzon :wfb: TY, TJ & T'Pring :rtmo: O'Ryan :leu:
Forever in my heart, Gizmo, Tucker and the rest of my babies over the :rbridge:

#924963 - 03/30/10 12:09 PM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: Feather]
hpyhwn2003 Offline
Glider Addict

Registered: 01/24/09
Posts: 3636
Loc: In paradise
Truely an inspiritual story! Thank you for sharing it. Prayers for continued healing and warmth are gliding your way.

#926467 - 04/03/10 08:17 PM Re: Don't give up trying to revive them! [Re: hpyhwn2003]

That's an amazing story! I'm so glad she was okay.


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