In early September of 2008, our friend Lisette was in the pet store after
ferret food, when her eyes focused on a very old pair of ferrets up for
adoption. Being ferret-savvy, with ferrets of her own, she realized these
two were in trouble. They were thin & lethargic--and were
missing lots of fur on their necks & backs, and up their rumps. Both were
quite obviously adrenal. Both had diarrhea.
Knowing no one was going to adopt a couple of old, sick, balding ferrets,
she decided to get them out of there.
The people who had dumped off the ferrets had left their origional adoption
papers with them. The 12 oz. girl`s name was Mystic. She was a little
dark-eyed white. She was so weak she could barely lift her head. The
boy (Bongo) weighed just under 1 1/2 pounds. Both were 6 years old...
Because Lisette worked long hours, Bongo & Mystic came here for awhile,
for monitoring, & supportive care.These two ferrets were extremely
bonded--and extremely ill.Although we were giving around the clock care,
it didn`t look good--especially for fragile little Mystic...
We lost Mystic five days later. Bongo lay with his head on her body for
nearly six hours. Ferrets can, & do grieve for lost companions if they are
They can even grieve for a human they loved, who has left them behind at
a shelter. Many people don`t know that...
Slowly, Bongo responded to his lupron, began to recover from the grief of
losing Mystic, & grew a beautiful new coat. The diarrhea was gone. He
gained some weight. He got to go home with his mommy Lisette.
Bongo then developed a sudden lump on his foot, and needed surgery to
remove it. The lab reported it as malignant. We had a benign lump
removed from Bongo`s neck, at the same time.
The foot developed problems, and needed soaking twice daily.Of
course, he had returned to the sanctuary, so that he could receive this
constant care. (He has remained with us, ever since--both due to
his health, & the fact that he has adjusted so well.)
About four months after surgery, he developed another huge lump on his
neck. If we left it alone, it would block the jugular vein in a very short
time. Because the lab report had come back negative for the growth on the
throat, we opted to try to remove the new lump.
We knew, going in, that due to its precarious location, we could lose him in
surgery. (It was sooooo close to the jugular vein!!!) This turned out NOT
to be a recurrence of the first growth. It was just a big nasty cyst!!! Dr.
Katie did a marvelous job (as always!)
Bongo recovered splendiferously!!! (Note the fluffy lupron coat that was
growing in, too!)
Below is a picture of Bongo at the end of 2009. He was over 7 years old,
in this photo. (Hard to believe!) and just look at his thick, beautiful new
coat! It`s a bit darker now, and somewhat more golden in color.
The lupron is working wonders with him. He feels GREAT!
Lisette visits regularly, helps out, and is a HUGE supporter of this
sanctuary. Together, we share the love of this beautiful old man...
UPDATE: April 19, 2010
We lost our Bongo today. He whimpered on the box a
little, when his mommy Lisette was here for a visit. We suspected a
bladder infection, or maybe even stones. We didn`t suspect a urinary
blockage, because he was on lupron. (We`ve never seen a urinary
blockage in a baby on lupron.) What Dr. Katie discovered was a
huge, golf ball-sized tumor on the bladder. This one wasn`t fixable. Bongo
was almost 8 years old. What a beautiful sweetheart he was...