Devastating turn of events. RIP.


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Chicago, Illinois
I've had many animals pass when it was their time throughout my life, but that never could have prepared me for this. In the past year, almost all of my leos have passed away. The first, one I've had for 13 years now, died of natural causes late last year - it was just her time, and I was okay with that.

After that, I left for college and entrusted my brother with caring for them. He's done a terrific job and I don't blame what has happened on him - it's just extremely hard for me to accept what exactly has happened. A few months ago, another of my 13 year old leo's passed, with some sort of stomach infection. The vet gave her medicine and did all he could do to prevent it, but unfortunately she couldn't keep fighting and eventually succumbed to her sickness as well.

After that, I was saddened, but thankful to still have the rest of my collection healthy, according to our vet. Then, last week, I had a very disturbing dream that my final gecko of the trio that I've had for thirteen years had died. I called my family and had them check - he appeared to be okay. Then later that day I got a call from my mother telling me that he too had passed. I don't think I've ever been so disturbed by a dream before. I never want to get that call again.

Unfortunately, I did. The cross-contamination from the other two took two more of my babies yesterday. They were only about 5 or 6 years old. Now I don't know what to do. I only have two of my beloved leos left, and although everything has been sterilized, new feeders have been bought, the vet has checked them out and they appear to be fine - I still am terrified that I will be getting the call soon that they too have passed from this infection. I would have no idea what to do if after years and years of caring for my geckos, all of them could be gone. That would be unimaginably painful for me.

Please say some prayers for my final two geckos health as well as my departed friends. This summer I will be going home and taking them back to school with me. I just really am down right now about what has happened recently. I didn't want to have to say goodbye to all of them like this. I am praying that the two I have left will remain healthy and strong despite was has happened to their friends. Thanks for reading my story. I just needed somewhere to vent about this, and talk to others that may have experienced something similar. We're in this together. It'll be hard for me to get over this, but at least I know that they are no longer suffering and that I have done absolutely everything in my power to give them a happy time here on Earth. RIP.