RIP: Little Buddy


I had to put one of my leopard geckos to sleep today. He acquired a spinal injury in which muscle and tissue were swollen and crushing against his spinal cord, preventing him from feeling or using the lower half of his body. We took him to the vet, got an x-ray, and then gave him some steroids and fluids in hopes that reducing the swelling would bring him around. There was about a 48-hour window in which he had to improve or there was pretty much no hope. Obviously things did not go as planned.

It was a particularly emotional moment not simply because of what was being done, but because of my history with Little Buddy. I actually raised him from the egg. I was there the day his head popped through the shell and even wrote a paper on him. Needless to say, we had a bit of a little relationship and it was extremely heart wrenching to have to put him to sleep.

But he’s probably in a better place now. We bought him a beautiful flower to put in the yard where we buried him so he’ll always have a place there. I’ll try to get some pictures up so you all can know what he looked like.

In any case, he will be sorely missed.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

8 thoughts on “RIP: Little Buddy

  1. Thanks again for the support everyone. We cooked the little clay thing they gave us at the vets with his little feet impression in it, so I'll have that forever. And we'll have those flowers in the garden forever, which is nice.

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