|Sammy woke with pneumonia. It's come on hard and bad.
I let him get sick -- the first case of a contagious illness spread
to a ham here,
and I'm sick about it. And terrified for the others.
Sammy's the little dwarf whose cagemate laid his scalp open to bone
chewed on the bone. It's bar none the worst injury I've ever
seen. We thought
he'd die, then thought he'd surely lose his ears and eyes, then here
he is, a
happy little guy with a big chunk of scalp and skull missing permanently,
that face the wrong directions and make him a little disoriented, and
sockets that are so damaged his eyes tilt upward and can't be working
properly. But doing so well! He's so happy in his cage
or with me, loves his
wheel and zoomer ball, intrepid exploring the counters or my desk.
look it and he needs a lot of care, but he's so completely a happy
there, you have to do what it takes to let him be that.
He's still wary of being restrained, and the poor baby has had a lot
treatment -- not only the gaping wound, but months later a large safflower
was pierced by and stuck on a single tooth, wedging his upper incisors
agony, and then losing them the next day, only to have to have me cut
teeth every few days. They've reappeared, but so tilted he still
trims to manage the malocclusion for him. With that he can eat
also been treating a scent-gland abscess.
Still, he never bites, as he should in fear or pain.
He tickles me silly by spitting all the seeds in his pouch out at me
hold him firmly, still hoping I'm a big bird that will eat them instead
I know it's fear, so I try to settle him down fast, but it's so amazing
to see how close to the wild their instincts still are. Syrians
have been kept
as pets since the 1930's, but the dwarf Campbells Russian species like
have only been kept since the late '70s. They're still nowhere
Can you tell I love the little guy?! I could go on for days.
Help me pray, please.
See him at: http://home.earthlink.net/~janelandis/_wsn/page2.html
You're all in my prayers, and I'm grateful for each one of you
Blessings and hugs,
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