Registered: 1553625886 Posts: 1
I have two Ferrets. Chubby and Ed. They both bring so much happiness to my life. Very cute, healthy, and playful. Chubby always greets me when I get home from work and he always lets me rub his belly. He also loved to climb up my leg when I would prepare his food. Bottom line I loved him and he was a sweet little companion.
Chubby and Ed like to crawl under the couch and when they do they like to dig at the carpet and you can always hear them. Early this morning I could hear one of them clawing and figured they were under the couch playing as usual. One thing to note, Chubby loved pulling drink lids off of fountain drinks and Starbucks cups. Anyway, we couldn’t find Chubby this morning and my wife was looking for him. I was actually sleeping on the couch and my wife woke me saying she could see part of. Chubby’s body behind the couch and he wasn’t moving. I jumped up and tilted the couch up and there he was laying flat and lifeless. I picked his limp body up and started to sob uncontrollably. At that point I didn’t even know what happened until I felt it. There was a plastic lid from a Starbucks coffee wrapped around his midsection. He must have stuck his head in the lid and got stuck. He managed to work it all the way down to his tummy where it was extremely tight like a Hulu hoop clenched around his tummy. Crawling under the couch just compressed the lid more and I’m sure made it tighter. It appears he probably suffocated because of the restriction the lid had created. It was one is those domed Frappuccino lids with the hole for a spoon. Chubby is an adult ferret. 2.5 years old. But it was just too tight and too small for him to get out of it. Worse is I think we missed saving him by minutes. He was still warm and very limp. I even breathed in his mouth and tried to revive him. He’s gone and we are overwhelmed with grief. We are killing oursleves with all of the “what if’s” and what we could have done differently. But none of it will change his unfortunate and accidental death. I’ve been inconsolable all day.
Registered: 1498611382 Posts: 580
I am so sorry. What a tragic accident. It wasn't your fault, it was something that just happened. You wouldn't have any idea what a danger that lid would create. We never know that some of the things we feel are harmless to us could be devistating to little ones. Be gentle with yourself and please forgive yourself. Cry all you need to for the pain you are felling is life changing. I am just sorry that you lost him this way.
Love and doggie hugs Termy'smom