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  • RIP Sputnik, the best little baby gecko ever...

    I have been dreading making this post. It is actually making me sick to write this. Some of you already know about what happened to poor Sputnik.

    My reptile room is separate from my bedroom. My cat is of course never allowed in the reptile room for obvious reasons. Well one morning when I put her outside, she was accidentally let in through the dog door upstairs and snuck into my gecko room. I went in to find Sputnik's kritter keeper smashed on the floor and my cat looking quite pleased with herself.

    Needless to say I nearly murdered the cat, yelled for my mom (who saved the cat's life by putting her outside), and spent the entire day combing through every tiny place in the room where a loose gecko may have gotten. I have had food dishes and water out with flour sprinkled around them to see if he's been there. He's been missing for 3 days and nothing has been disturbed, so I can only assume that my poor 3.7 gram hatchling from wonderful Melissa is dead--either he has probably been dehydrated by now or he was eaten by the cat in the first place.

    I am really inconsolable about this. I feel bad about the gecko and I feel mad at myself and my cat. Sputnik was my favorite little gecko ever, a special gift from a special friend.











    The last picture was taken only a day or two before it happened.
    Dagan. Illumination Exotics Facebook. iHerp. Artwork.
    ~Illumination Exotics~

  • #2
    Aww, he was such a stunning lil' man.

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    • #3
      Sorry for your loss. Very pretty gecko too. Shame.
      Rosario's Reptiles: Project Creamy Things...target 2012 season
      3.8 Ciliatus, 1.2 Guttata, and 1.2 Felis Catus.

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      • #4
        I know this is hard Dagan! It always is! You care so much for your little ones and it is great to see that here. You even spent countless hours searching and searching. Sputnik couldn't of had a better mommy. He knows it was all an accident.
        -Ashley https://www.facebook.com/BerryPatchGecko

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        • #5
          Sorry for your loss. He had such a personality and will be remember in all our hearts.
          Andi - Gray Sky Exotics
          www.iHerp.com/Hannibal
          www.facebook.com/andi.vanzant

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          • #6
            Oh Dagan, I am so sorry this happened to you and little Sput. You love all of your geckos so much and this is just such a tragedy, I am sure you are taking this loss hard but you did everything in your power to find the little guy. I hope that you can find peace soon and I hope that Sput is at peace as well.

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            • #7
              Dagan you are one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting even if I have not met you in real life. I do feel horrible for you because Sput was a fav gecko of mine that I was holding back, and because I knew it was such a special gecko, I wanted it to go to someone who is special to me. You are a greako gecko mommy and although there is little I can do for you now besides give you support like you have given me. *hugz*
              lets just say I have a lot of stuff
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              • #8
                I'm so sorry about little Sputnik.

                Thank you for sharing your wonderful pics of him.
                Specializing in Crested Geckos
                Working with Uromastyx | Uroplatus | PI Chahoua
                Also keeping: Australian Shepherds (Chester & Sadie)
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                • #9
                  Nothing I can add to the nice things the folks have already said here, but I'm sorry for your loss as well.
                  JBsCresties.com & Facebook & Instagram, oh my

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                  • #10
                    Oh I am so sorry for your loss...
                    - Carrie
                    https://www.facebook.com/CarMelGeckos and www.caposellophotography.com

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                    • #11
                      Poor little guy, poor you. He was adorable. I know he wouldn't blame you, it's not your fault.
                      After Dark Reptiles on Facebook

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                      • #12
                        Dags, I am so sorry. I am still hoping for the best possible outcome here....
                        Help! Crested Geckos! 0.1.Leachie, 2.1.1 Gargs, 1.0 Chahoua, 2.1. Blue Tongue Skinks, 1.1. White Lined Geckos, 1.3. African Fat Tails, 2.2.0 Tokay Geckos, 1.0. Giant Day Gecko, 2 tarantulas

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                        • #13
                          Aw I'm so sorry, he was a cutey. Stupid cat. I know cat's cant help it, but still pisses me off. My cats would love to play with my geckos as well.
                          Mrs. Smith's Geckos
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                          Many crested geckos, 0.1 leachie, 1.1 Hog Island boas, 0.0.3 Phyllobates terribilis, 1.1 cats, and 0.1 dog. One husband and one four year old.

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                          • #14
                            I'm so sorry for your loss. I know it's hard. You will find peace soon enough. You did all you could.
                            Katelyn.
                            8.1.1 Cresties | 1.1 Gargs | 1 House Gecko | 0.0.1 Tokay | 0.0.1 Leopard | 0.0.1 Chewie

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                            • #15
                              Wow. What a sad story I'm sure he wouldn't be upset with you, you didn't intentionally do it. In any case, I'm sure it's still hard! I'm sure your little baby is happy in Gecko Heaven! Treasure the good times you had with him
                              2.1 Crested Geckos RIP Bella, Marley, Sticky, Kinky, Brick, Chance, Taz, Pinner, Anna, Kali, and Nahla My beautiful babies - gone but never forgotten!
                              Pinky, Ziggy

                              Reese

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