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February 1st, 2009
08:06 pm


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RIP Prince
Prince was put to sleep on Friday.

This is my last picture, taken last Sunday, Jan. 25.  I was having camera trouble and I was lucky I got this one.

Prince had been in a bad way for months.  He had lost most of the use of his back legs; he walked with difficulty and unsteadily.  He was on steroids for the last couple of months, and for most of that time, he still seemed to have some fire left in his belly; he ate well and continued to move around even though it was hard for him.  He refused to enter his box, just staying out in the open, so we did what we could for him by giving him a big pile of straw in the corner of his cage where he spent most of his time.  Last week, though, he stopped eating, and on Friday he had actually gone into the box; he appeared to have finally given up.  He was unresponsive when Dr. Froderman gave him the anesthetic prior to euthanizing him.  It was clearly time.

Prince was never friendly with me.  I tried to comfort him in his last few weeks, but even as he was clearly dying, he just wanted me to stay out of his territory.  Still, a little more light has gone out of the world.

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Date:February 2nd, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
The top pic is beautiful...sad that it's the last but it's a well-done shot.
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Date:February 2nd, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear of any tiger, any cat, going. May his next next journey suit him well. Thanks for the post, and the pictures to mark his passing.

Edited at 2009-02-02 05:40 am (UTC)
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Date:February 2nd, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Sorry since losing a big cat is tough for you. I appreciate your reports its a world I would have ever known about.
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Date:February 2nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your story and pictures. Prince now stays alive in more memories.
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Date:May 21st, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
You are more than welcome to add me to your f-list, but I generally don't add people to my own list unless I have met them/somewhat know them in person.
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