12 March 2020
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As described in the previous post (click here) Dalai was dehydrated & underweight & undergoing treatment. On the morning of the 26th February, the veterinary nurse arrived & gave Dalai another crop feed. I do not normally like to watch this process as it can look a bit upsetting, however I did briefly glance across & saw Dalai, quite comfortable, with the crop needle in place.
When she left, we had some quiet time for recovery. Perry & Lennie get stressed watching Dalai being caught etc., so also need time to calm down. I noticed Dalai seemed restless, attempting to sleep but then moving to a different perch. Within an hour I had already noticed his breathing was a bit off (jerky?), strange enough for me to video him. Shortly after this, in his agitation he climbed down to the bottom of the cage.
This, of course, was bad. Very bad. I quickly transferred him to the travel cage where he continued to go downhill. I contacted the veterinary nurse & she said she was returning immediately with oxygen. I will not go into details, suffice to say that anyone who has witnessed a budgie towards the end, will recognise various signs. I admit I was not hopeful but when the nurse rang to say bring him down to the mobile van, I rushed him there. She immediately gave him oxygen & checked his vital signs. She was about to transfer him to the incubator when the vet rang & they discussed the situation. With the information from the nurse, the vet advised that his organs were failing. It was agreed this was the end & to let him go.
The veterinary nurse gave us five minutes together, where I stroked Dalai & told him I loved him, we loved him & he was the best. I thanked him for everything & said I was sorry we could not save him. During this, his tail gradually stopped bobbing. Moments after the nurse returned, he faded away & closed his eyes for one last time.
My dear little boy was gone.
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