Found in a parking lot... Snuggle up.. baby, it's cold outside!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Aneesa's Muse, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Aneesa's Muse

    Aneesa's Muse Songster

    Jun 8, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    I was out running errands for my Zoo yesterday, when this man shows up at the shop with a live trapped Chinchilla. Yes, you read that right. He claimed to have found the Chin in a parking lot somewhere else and was just dumping him on us, at the shop.

    When I took the Chinchilla into my hands and snuggled him to me, I could smell the infection immediately. The front of my white tee shirt was quickly sporting some of the green googly goo oozing from his nose and mouth. The poor thing was even cold to the touch.. like his fur was chilled through.

    So.. we called our local Exotic Vet and got him a rushed appointment. As I was driving across town, to the clinic, I was praying and pleading that the little one would make the trip.

    The doc looked him over and confirmed what we already assumed.. severe dehydration, malnourished, congested lungs, overgrown teeth (growing up into his lip, actually), and a few other things.. along with a completely bald back and hindquarter.

    He was given subQ fluids, an antibiotic injection and more to take 2x a day for the next 10 days, teeth trimmed, nails trimmed, instructions for handfeeding and pushing fluids/pedialyte, help with grooming ..and a song and a prayer from the staff, for him to pull through this.

    On my way out of the clinic, I decided to call him Phoenix ..and the staff and other clients agreed that it was a good name for the little guy! [​IMG]



    These were taken just moments after we returned home from the Vet visit, yesterday. He's tired and feeling icky after that ordeal, of course.




    These were taken just a few minutes ago... and I can honestly say, I have never ever seen anyone so happy about a bowl full of dirt! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2009

  2. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

    Oct 5, 2008
    Sad fuzzy! Glad you got him!!
  3. menageriemama

    menageriemama Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    Lake Nebagamon, WI
    Poor little dear! I hope he feels better soon.
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Ooooh... poor baby! He sure does look happy for that dirt! [​IMG]
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    poor little guy! Hope the meds & prayers do the trick & he makes a full recovery for a long, happy, & healthy life. [​IMG]

  6. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
    He's one lucky little guy to have landed on your doorstep! I think everyone who sees this is giving a little "oooohhhh" at seeing those great pics... good luck with him!!! (and no matter what happens, he's happy and cared for and warm now, that matters.)
  7. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Awwww! Be sure and post updates on Phoenix! Great name, by the way! [​IMG] So sweet of you to take him in!

  8. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Songster

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    What a cutie pie, get well soon wishes coming your way Phoenix. Thank you for taking such good care of this cutie. Best wishes on a speedy recovery. Great save.[​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. Aneesa's Muse

    Aneesa's Muse Songster

    Jun 8, 2008
    SF Bay Area
    Thanks everyone! [​IMG]

    I truly believe that all the prayers and good thoughts being sent for Phoenix ...they are definitely beneficial to him. He's got a long way to go with recovery, but from yesterday to today's like black and white! There's a noticeable difference and he's really doing well!

    Thank you!! [​IMG]

  10. Beverrlly

    Beverrlly In the Brooder

    Dec 6, 2008
    North Dakota
    Aww.. keep us updated on how he does!

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