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Lychee Passed Away by Roum

(I'm copy-pasting this same post to all of my pages because I don't want to start crying again having to type up a different message every time. Just putting it out there so I don't have to explain multiple times why I'm down in the dumps and/or quiet for awhile.)

For those that don't know, my roborovski hamster Lychee had been struggling with a chronic staph infection on his face for the past several months. Yesterday when I went to give him his 2nd daily dose of medicine before bed, I found him passed away in his usual sleeping spot. He was fine just 12 hours earlier when I had given him his medicine, excited to see me and up and running around like his usual dingus self. I had just taken him in for another vet visit on Monday and he weighed the same. He had been acting normally, eating and drinking and still full of energy. I don't know if the staph infection finally got the best of him, or if it was just due to old age. He was around 2 years old which is unfortunately the average lifespan for these little guys. I did everything I could to help him get better, but it may have just been his time to go. It seems like he passed away in his sleep, so I just hope that he went without pain. He was my little buddy and was always a sweetheart. Robos don't usually allow you to hold them, but I trained him to tolerate being held, and he would always run up to my hand when I put it in his cage to give him treats. He wasn't much of a biter, although after a few months of being woken up 2-4 times a day for medicine and yogurt, he would sometimes gently nip me, but I can't blame him for that; I'd be irritated too if someone woke me up that much every day for months on end. I'm going to miss him a lot, but I hope that he enjoyed his time here with us, and that he knew he was loved.

Lychee Passed Away

Roum

5 August 2016 at 13:07:14 MDT

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    my condolences

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      Thank you ♥

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    I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

    On the plus side, at least he lived a good, happy life!

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      Thank you ♥ I like to think that he did

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    I'm sorry for your loss.. I'm sure he lived a wonderful life with you <3

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      Thank you ♥ I really hope that he did

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        -offers hugs- I know how much it can hurt. I have rats, and they don't exactly have a long life span, so about every other year or two, I lose 1 or 2 within a few weeks or months of each other. We just take good care of our babies and give them beautiful lives, so in the end, we know they indeed had a beautiful life with us <3

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          Hamsters have about the same lifespan, so unfortunately I know the feeling well. No matter how many times you go through it, it's still rough every time. Thank you for the kind words ♥