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Maria

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Our oldest skunk, Ricochet passed away a week after Koda. We knew it was coming since she was 12.5 and was obviously very old.

Ricochet was 8 when she came to us along with a young male, Clyde. Years before that, Lynnda had placed her with a family in Key West who loved her even though she was a bit set in her ways. The new owner didn't have any experience with skunks but always wanted to have one as a pet. Within a year, Ricochet broke a bone in her front leg while in a carrier going to the Vet for a nail trim. Ricochet's nails couldn't be trimmed with sedating her. X-rays showed Metabolic Bone Disease from an unbalanced diet. The owner contacted me at that point and I helped her come up with a diet that Ricochet would eat. Unfortunately, the break was at an area where they couldn't immobilize it, and the MBD affected her healing. Her front leg ended up 1/2 inch shorter that her other legs.
Time went on and the owner was diagnosed with cancer. She had always wanted a kit. She loved Ricochet but she wasn't the kind of skunk one could hold or sleep with. At the time, she was optimistic about her future and she bought a male kit, Clyde. Not having much experience with skunks, she didn't think to consider Ricochet would be less than thrilled with the new addition. Senior females rarely enjoy a stint as mama then girlfriend to humpy young males. The owner spent much of her last months socializing Clyde who turned out to be a very nice skunk. Ricochet never bonded with him and screamed at the sight of him. When the owner passed away, she requested her skunks come to me. At age 8, Ricochet looked rough. She had a bad limp, was missing a toenail on the front leg that was not broken that caused her to be unsteady. She also had cataracts and one eye was completely cloudy. She didn't want to be touched for quite a while but later on, allowed us to pet her. It was obvious she was not adoptable so we set out to make her comfortable in her final home. When she came out of the carrier, she caught sight of Clyde, screamed loudly and hobbled into the back of our house. Most of our older skunks sleep in the back so I knew she would be safe. Poor Clyde didn't know what to do and hid under the couch for hours. It wasn't difficult to find Clyde a home since he was young and healthy. Ricochet didn't seem to have a problem with any of our skunks and was happier with Clyde gone. Ricochet loved Stomp chicken flavor and for months she wouldn't eat anything else. Eventually she decided insects were tasty too. She lost a bit of weight and her toenail starting growing back so she wasn't unsteady anymore. Nothing could be done about the leg that was shorter than the other, but I had been informed by my Veterinarian to keep her on an anti-inflammatory, Serraflazyme and Osteo Immune Factors. I also gave her something for her cataracts. The cloudiness improved and she recovered partial vision in the affected eye.

About a year ago, she started withdrawing from the others and sleeping alone. She would stop eating for days at a time. That is when I discovered the Treatibles and later on the CBD drops. When she stopped eating, she would still eat the Treatibles. After a few days, she would return to her normal routine. Nothing showed on her annual so we assumed her age was catching up. About every other month, the retreating from the others and eating nothing but the Treatibles for a few days would happen again. Ricochet passed away quietly in her sleep. When I picked her up, it was obvious she had an enlarged spleen. Most likely she died of cancer but we chose not to have a necropsy.
Below is picture of her right after we got her. You can see on her left where she was missing her whole toenail and how long her nails were. She never let us do her nails, they always had to be done by our Veterinarian.
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chris

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I'm sorry Maria. As usual you gave her an awesome life.
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What a Sweet little face she had!!!!!!!   So Sorry Maria!!!!!!   Big Huggs!!!!!!

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Very sorry Maria and Jorge. I know her last years she was in the best place she could be. Many hugs!!!!
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So sorry for your loss
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