Only half an hour ago, I went to go and change their food and say hello to them, as I did daily. I found Darmani sitting in the corner closest to where I found Saphira, eyes partially closed and ears down. I reached my hand into their house where I would find Saphira's cold body, lying peacefully curled up in their nest. The sight of her instantly brought me to tears, and even while I sit here writing this, I won't forget the unexpected tragedy.
I do not know how she passed. They have both been fine, and I have noticed nothing unusual in either of them. The last problems I had revolved around the separation of Nidorino. That's been about 4 months, and since then everything has been fine.
I adopted the two of them in April of 2011. They sat in a small 10 gallon tank in the pet store I work at for close to 5 months before I got a chance to take them. This should put them close to 2 years old, so I don't know that her life expectancy was quite reached. Given the circumstances. They lived a happy life, together as sisters. Entertaining me and everyone who laid eyes upon them.
She was the most tame of my pair, and would allow me to effortlessly handle her. It sometimes took a bit to catch her in their cage, but once I managed to get ahold of her, she had no problem with being petted. And would sit in the palm of my hand calmly.
In December, she won the HOTM contest for her cute little Christmas-bobo photo:
She also won in the Pet Depot "MAke Your Pet Famous!" contest I entered her into recently, winning her and Darmani free food for a year. Sadly, she won't be around to indulge in her winnings...
I worry about poor little Darmani, whose never known a life with out her sister. I don't think pairing her with another robo is good at this point, simply because of past experiences with introducing hamster much younger. The vicious cycle will never end if I introduce a new one, because I'll only need to continually (out of guilt) find a new friend for the poor little robo left behind.
I've been so busy lately with two jobs that I hardly have time for anything, this includes spending quality time with my pets. If it really was just her time, then I feel guilty I didn't get to spend her final days with her. Hopefully she'll forgive me.
I will never forget her. She was one of the first hamsters I ever owned, and I will never ever forget how happy I was to be their mommies. They put me through so much stress, making me worry over probably little things, but they also brought unrepeatable happiness to my life, in a difficult time.
The love animals give to people is completely incomparable to anything else. Their love is unconditioned, and all they ask in return from that is unconditional love back.
Rest in peace little Saphira, I hope you see Pezz the betta up there, and you two will wait for me.
I love you so much. <3