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it's been awhile #1422653
08/20/20 09:16 AM
08/20/20 09:16 AM
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sunjana1 Offline OP
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It has been SO long since I was on here, but wanted to share some news with a community I know will understand and perhaps offer some kind suggestions...

We said goodbye to one of our two gliders - Dave - yesterday. He was just shy of his TENTH birthday. He had been dealing with some minor constipation off and on for several weeks, and we had it well managed, but a couple days ago he took a turn and an x-ray yesterday showed an abdominal mass, likely cancer, pressing on his colon. So we made the very hard decision to euthanize. He lived a very good and long life so I am at peace with the decision.

He leaves behind his lifelong cage mate and half brother - Tim - who will turn TEN on Sept. 3! He's doing very well so far, was a little skiddish with me this morning but I've been giving him extra attention and he seems like his normal self otherwise - ate fine last night, etc.

I know it may be difficult for some to understand, but we've decided these two would be our only gliders, and I'm hopeful Tim will do fine on his own. The person I got them from noted she had a glider who was pretty aloof (this describes Tim exactly - Dave was by far the more outgoing of the two) but became much more interactive and affectionate after its cage mate passed.

So short of getting Tim a new buddy, I welcome any suggestions and advice to keep Tim happy and sociable, and any nuanced problems to watch for - outside the obvious of depressed behaviour, not eating well, etc. If he shows any signs of decline, I'll be looking at only the best re-homing options for ensuring he can live out his remaining days enriched and fulfilled in experienced hands.

Thanks so much all!

:wfb: - Tim
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Re: it's been awhile [Re: sunjana1] #1422663
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Give him lots of extra attention.

I run a rescue and sanctuary in Wisconsin and I will tell you this rehoming older gliders is very hard on them. Some of them pass soon after. As long as he is happy I would keep him.

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