Shelby's (gopher snake) biopsy's came back from the lab and it was conclusive that she passed away from an infection in her oviduct. It was advanced and most likely began before she arrived at Animal Wonders. Sometimes we wish animals could tell us when they are hurting so we could help them sooner.
Tango, the Patagonian cavy, loves his new enclosure more everyday. He's working on several holes and kicks the dirt all they way across the enclosure, watch out! He's still learning how to use his doggy door that goes between the indoor and dirt rooms, but he's learning fast. For now we help him in and out.
Popeye, the Pacific Parrotlet, is missing his brother Peewee. Popeye does not enjoy the company of any other species of bird so we are in the process of looking for another parrotlet that is need of a home. For now he's gotten several new toys and lots of interaction from the humans. Hang in there Popeye.
Sherman, the hedgehog, is attempting to go into hibernation. This is not a good thing for domesticated hedgehogs because they can't sustain themselves. Everyday we wake him up and give him interaction to make sure he's alert enough to move around and eat his dinner. The change in seasons sometimes triggers this instinct, since wild hedgehogs can hibernate. Sherman is grouchy about it but he will soon learn that it's okay to be awake, he gets treats so it can't be that bad.
Quigley, the Brush-tailed Bettong, is growing up fast. He's eating like there's no tomorrow and growing just as fast. He can now easily balance on his back legs and rarely has an uncoordinated moment. He loves to follow our feet and curl up in a blanket or pouch. He's just started to become curious of the world around him, watch out world here he comes!
The rest of the animal residents are doing good. The weather has shifted now and we're expecting snow soon. We have everything ready for the cold months ahead and are prepared for any power outages in our neck of the woods.