Monday, September 26, 2016

R.I.P. Jenks

We woke up this morning to find that one of our degus, Jenks, had made that journey across the rainbow bridge during the night.

Since we were asleep when it happened, we don't know exactly what time it was. But we know it was some time between 4:00am and 9:00am,, since he was fine and playing shortly before 4:00am, and it was shortly after 9:00am we found him when we got up. He appears to have gone quietly in his sleep.

R.I.P. Jenks
March 9th 2013 - September 26th 2016.

Rest in peace little degu buddy... You will be missed, Jenksy boy!


Intense Guy said...

So sorry to hear this news. His buddies, caretakers, readers and friends will miss him.

Victoria Zigler said...

Thanks, Iggy!

Rita said...

Sorry to hear that. Glad he went quietly in his sleep, though. I know rodents don't usually live that long. Do you think they are just getting old? Like I just said about Sammy--they don't let on they aren't feeling well till the very last second they can manage. I know all your furry family members are well loved and cared for. Still sad.

Victoria Zigler said...

Thanks! Age is our best guess. Officially degus can live to be six or seven... Even up to nine in very rare cases... But our petstore says not to expect a degu to live much beyond five. From what I can tell, based on talking to others online who've had degus, talking to the people at our petstore, and reading up on them, they seem to work a bit like guinea pigs when it comes to life spans: they can live to be six or older, but most don't live long enough to count a full handful of years.

Jeanie said...

Oh Tori, I'm so very, very sorry. These guys worm their way into our hearts. I send you many wishes for peace and healing.

Victoria Zigler said...

Thanks, Jeanie!