|gypsyNnightcrawlersMOM Glider AZ, USA
my name is kysa (pikas mommy)
i want to thank all of you so much! This has ben so extremely heartbreaking for me. I was devstated when i saw her. I seriously felt likemy heart was shattering.
I would like to explain a few things.
First, is when she was little. I know there has been some dicussion about it. Her mother Boo was not able to provide enough milk for the 2 babies. so from day 3 (when i realized thats what was happening) i tookon feeding Pika, i fed her every hour around he clock but she was still able to sleep and stay warm and loved with her suggie family.
As she go older her family seemed to accept her just like everyone else. All of my suggies are very sweet and have never shown any signs of agression towards anyone besides the occasinal crabbing at eachother to move over in the pouch. in fact everyone who meets them (at local exotic pet stores and vets and such) always tells me how sweet and loving they are. So they have never hurt eachother in the slightest.
the night before, (i have a new puppy i just got from the pound) my puppy was sleeping in my room for the frst night. I played with my babies and fed them then put them in their cage and got the puppy to put in my room for the night. I fell asleep and suddenly awoke to the most horrible noise i had ever heard. It startled me so much i flew ot of bed. Not even noticing that my foot was asleep, so as i flew out of bed i fell and twisted my ankel and biting my tongue as i hit the floor. I looked around screaming what?! what?! I hd thought the puppy was hurt or had jumped off my bed and hurt himself landing. But i looked and saw that he looked just as starled asi was. So i thought he is ok so its all good. I went back to sleep. So i feel so unbelievably stupid and guilty not checking in the pouches.
She was 1 month oop when she passed away. I am very heartbroken and have been in tears since i found her midnight on valentinesday.
I made their food as i always did, i was even bringin it up a bit later than i usually do because i lost track of time looking at this amazing cage i was going to get or make for them. I was so excited, as i walked in the room and set the food in i said hello to all my babies who rushed to greet me, i looked at the bottom of the cage and noticed pika laying on the floor up against the side of the cage. I gently picked her up and said, "hey baby girl what are you doing at the bottom of the cage silly?" Then as i opened my hand i was horrified to see that she had been skinned alive. I was in shock! and so scared i burst into tears. I ran down stairs and called my parents for help. I got her wrapped in a warm cloth as my mothe looked up the nearest emegency vet. I ran and got her sister from the cage who seemed scared and put her in a pouch. I rushed her in as quick as i could still in tears. they saw me right away and took her back. I was so scared i kept thinking what if i dont get to say goodbye and something happens! i began to feel natious. As i sat waiting my brain was going every which way, who did it? why? why didnt i check? I felt so guilty, like it was my fault. and the cold realities kicked in, omg, that sound i heard last night... was... my baby being skinned alive. and i felt like i had been stabbed in the heart. I felt so guilty, and angry, and heart broken.
They finally called my back and the vet talked to me about my options and how bad it was and that she was probably not going to make it. I just kept feeling worse and worse. She explained the surgery and said it would be expensive and i said i dont care how much it costs to help my baby. So i said goodbye and they took her back to surgery. (it was now about 3am) i payed the 400.00 bill and went home to play the agrivating waiting game. I made her incubation chamber and also realized i would have to also make one for her sister since i couldnt risk putting her back and having it happen to her. I called checking in everyonce in a while, dreading what they might tell me. by 4:45 am they told me she was ready to come home. I rushed down there so greatful she had made it through. They showed me her poor wound and gave me all the meds and instructions and sent me off. I was to feed her and her sister every 3 hours and give her her mads every 4 hours. I was wiling to lose as much sleep and get up as often as i needed to. I had made her formula while waiting, i had to make sure she would eat before i could take her.
I got home with pika at around 6am and put her in her tank which was ontop of a heating pad and had a blanket and pouch inside. All she wanted was me to hold her. So i did, tears straming from my face as i looked at her and said i was so sorry.
I didnt sleep more than maybe 20mins after crying myself to sleep staring at her in the tank. I woke up at 8 to fee her butshe was still to drowsey but i did get her sister to eat some. so i ent back to sleep and woke up at 9 but she was still not up for it. So i went to sleep and woke up at 10 and she ate! i was so glad!!! then at noon i gave her her meds as i was instructed. and held her for a while as she clung to my finger. I put her to bed as i sat on the floor crying, making her a brand new pouch of her very own, with this fleece i had been savig for a long time because i wanted to save it for a special occasion. I finished the pouch and gently set her in it. She looked the most comfortable i had seen her since the whole thing happened.
at around 3:30 i went to warm up her food. I really tought she was going to be ok, i thought as long as i take care of her and do what i can she will pull through, she is a fighter. But... as i went to pick her up to feed her, i realized she was dead. My heart sank and i began to sob. I felt like i messed up, like i should have done more. I told my loved ones and my parents made a spot for her in the backyard. i said goodbye and burried her in her special pouch i msde just for her.
what a valentinesday. for the rest of the day i cried, wishingi could have saved her and blaming myself. I wanted to write her story, in memory of PIKA. And as i sat here and wrote, it was not without tears and a heavy heart. i miss her so much, and so does her sister who seems quite tramatized. RIP PIKA, i will miss you.
Love mommy </3
TanyaStJohn Starting Member 2 Posts
Awww poor Pika!
Sorry for your loss. That was so sad to read, I found myself tearing up. And really, you did the best you could. Pika is in heaven now leaping from tree to tree!
vivastar433 Starting Member 1 Posts
I am SO sorry...This is horrible. I am reading this at work and I literally had to stop myself from crying several times. I don't know what I would do if this happened to my little Bella or Bengi. You did everything you could and stayed strong for Pika. Pika knows how much love you had for her that's why she never wanted you to leave her. Such a sad story, I wonder what happened to initiate the other gliders to do that. I hope her sister is doing well.
pikachoo and sqirrel Starting Member 9 Posts
I'm so confused.... how did this injury happen?!?!?!?! I'm so sorry for ur loss... xo
i'm so sorry i cried so hard i wouldn't know what to do if that happened to my Mango
Christy626 Glider 51 Posts
I know this is a very old post. Such a sad story. I'm still wondering what happened. How the accident happened. Does anyone know?
MSSHA Joey 29 Posts
Christy626, I think this means that she was attacked by one of the other sugar gliders or the puppy. Probably one of the other sugar gliders as she wasn't looked after properly by her mother (due to lack of milk) in the beginning
Coral and Sparky Joey 19 Posts
Oh my goodness! This breaks my heart. I am SO sorry and I know she is happy in heaven.. this is so sad. *hugs*