I've heard of animals leaving home when they know they're going to die. Does anyone have an idea of why they do this? My sister's parakeet Sunny died today. He had been acting lethargic for a few days, and this afternoon he squeezed out of a small slit in the bottom of his cage, which is something he'd never done before in his ten years. Our mom found him shivering on the bedroom floor, so she wrapped him in some towels and laid him back in the cage with food and water. A couple hours later, he had squeezed out again, and he had passed away on the floor. I was just curious what might have caused him to want to get out of the cage. The human perspective is that people usually prefer to die at home in their own beds, but animals tend to leave. It makes me sad that he felt the need to force his poor, sick body through a small hole in order to get out, but I guess it's what felt right to him. Hmm.