Not going to be a reptile mom much longer Apr 15, 2016 12:32:31 GMT -5
Post by siobhan on Apr 15, 2016 12:32:31 GMT -5
Rex has been refusing to eat, though he does eat a little now and again. But he's lost a significant amount of weight and he just acts depressed and uninterested in anything. I have a friend whose son just adores reptiles -- a teenage son, in high school, not a little boy -- and I saw the friend posting a photo of a couple of lizards on Facebook the other day and tagging the boy because of his interest. So I asked my friend if perhaps his son would want to have Rex. I've done mounds of research on what the problem could be and have offered him all the things other reptile folks said he wouldn't be able to resist and would eat, and he still won't. I've tried giving him more attention, but he doesn't want it and runs off to hide so I'll let him be. I finally concluded that I just don't have the touch, whatever that is. I've told my friend and his son everything, and the boy not only still wants Rex, he can hardly wait. He's been doing his own research. They're a very nice family and I know both parents very well and the kids pretty well, and I'm sure this boy will take very good care of him. I don't like to rehome a critter, ever, but in this case Rex's health may very well be at stake. Maybe in this boy's hands, a kid who's an exceptionally good student and will devote himself to figuring out how to make Rex happy and healthy again, he has a better chance than with me. So on Monday I'm going to take Rex to the school where my friend is a principal, and he'll take him home to his son. The boy's busy all weekend with a family funeral and wedding and won't be available before Monday. I'm going to miss Rex, and I think Ringo will, too. She spends a lot of time watching him from the top of his tank, which may be part of the problem. Maybe he doesn't realize she can't get to him and is afraid all the time. To him she probably looks like a giant predator. However, Ringo will adjust and so will I.