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Never give up, Never surrender!!!

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Mina, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Mina

    Mina Arachnoking Old Timer

    The day before yesterday Matthias and I were doing a general check on our T's, and we found our young male P. ornata, Dulari, upside down in his house, with his legs curled tightly into his underside. Matthias gently moved him and he was unresponsive. We assumed he was dead.
    His KK was put on the floor and we left the room, when we went in to check the room last night, I picked up the KK and looked into it, it appeared empty, so I asked Matthias if he had moved Dulari's body. He said no. I showed him that Dulari was gone and pointed out that dead T's don't tend to move a lot.
    We found him curled up in between the lid of the KK and the plexiglass barrier that keeps the substrate from falling out.
    Matthias took him out, and we put him in an ICU with a water dish, and he did drink some last night.
    This morning he is looking much better, not curled, although he still seems weak. We are going to leave him in ICU for at least tonight and then possibly see if he will accept being tweezer fed.
    Wish our little boy luck!!!!!!!!
  2. DeTwan

    DeTwan Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Sry to hear, hope all goes well!
    Sounds like he is trooper, we are all pulling for him!:( :8o
  3. By Grabthar's hammer, you will be avenged....
  4. penny'smom

    penny'smom Arachnobaron

    Good luck Mina, hope Dulari pulls through for you.
  5. bluegootty

    bluegootty Arachnoknight

    goodluck mina..mine p.antinious seem to do the same... hopefully mine pull through too.. like u said.. never give up and surrender is just not mine thangs....;)
  6. Mina

    Mina Arachnoking Old Timer

    Exactly!!!!!!!! lol. He seems to be doing well, I just checked on him. He isn't curled, and he is drinking. He still seems weak, but hopefully that will improve if we can get him to accept food.

    Blue gootty, I'm so sorry, I hope your T gets better!!!

    Detwan and penny's mom, thank you very much. I hope he gets better too. He is my first ornata and the only one I've raised from a small sling.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2008
  7. Sr. Chencho

    Sr. Chencho Arachnosquire Old Timer

    Glad he's better,

    For future reference, what do you believe might have caused this state of unresponsiveness? And the fact him coming back to life, is great news. I am glad he is doing much better.
    Good luck with him. Keep us posted on his recovery.

    Not as lean or mean,
    Still US Marine!
  8. Snipes

    Snipes Arachnoprince Old Timer

    By Grabthar's hammer, what a savings
  9. Mina

    Mina Arachnoking Old Timer

    @ Snipes, lol, I just love that movie!!! But then again, I have been part of the Chicago area science fiction convention scene for more than 20 years now. So I actually see and know people like that.

    Sr. Chencho, I don't know what happened to him. He hasn't been really happy in his new house since he was moved there, he spent most of his time huddled in the corner of the lid of the KK. I don't know if he was ill, or deydrated or both. I hope it wasn't because he wouldn't leave his corner to go to his water dish. I'm going to revamp his housing as soon as he gets better. Deeper substrate, and a hide on the ground so he can hide behind it/ burrow behind it.
    He was one of my first pokies and I didn't realize at that time that they will dig and burrow and climb, and need to have places to do all three.
  10. Mina

    Mina Arachnoking Old Timer

    Good news!!!!!!! I just went to check on him and he was sitting on the top of the paper towels near the lid, trying to open it.
    I picked up the ICU to get a better look at him and he started doing high speed laps around the edges.
    He looks bright, alert, and obviously has his pokie speed bursts back!!!!!!!!!
  11. kitty_b

    kitty_b Arachnoprince

    yay! :D

  12. penny'smom

    penny'smom Arachnobaron

    Oh Mina, I am so happy to hear this! :clap:
  13. bluegootty

    bluegootty Arachnoknight

    congrat mina

    wow beautiful news mina...hope he will have his crazy appetite back soon .so you would be more sure that s/he is on the right tracks.again congrat ..:clap:
  14. desertdweller

    desertdweller Arachnoprince

    Well done! So glad to hear happy news such as this.
    :D :D :D
  15. Mina

    Mina Arachnoking Old Timer

    Final update: We took him out of ICU and put him back in a completely redecorated house. He now has enough substrate to burrow if he wants, a corkbark tube to hide in with open top and bottom, and some big silk ivy leaves to hang out in, and a brand new BIG water dish.
    He is back in business and just as spazzy as ever.
    Thank you everyone for sharing our concern over our baby. It is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. Glad he's doing better :) ......where are the pics :confused: ..... :D
  17. Profkrakatoa

    Profkrakatoa Arachnoknight Old Timer

    Mina, I'm so glad you had a positive outcome to this stressful situation!
  18. Mina

    Mina Arachnoking Old Timer

    That is an excellent question, verry sweet!!!!! I don't think I have any recent pictures of him, although when I just checked on him I got a good ventral look and it looked female to me. I'll make Matthias take some new pics and see if we can get some ventral shots.
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