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Rescue Savannah Monitor

Discussion in 'Monitor Lizard Discussion' started by Eavlynn, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. Eavlynn

    Eavlynn New Member

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    Hello, I'm a new member amd believe I may be able to find some great information on this site. I've been in the process of getting this monitor released into my care for a few days and finally got the green light this morning. When I saw this sweet little hatchling in a tiny set up with temps around 80 and no humidity I knew it wouldn't make it long. It's emaciated and dehydrated and is more limp than a well cooked noodle when picked up. I have a simple 20 gallon set up until I know whether or not this little thing will pull through. I'm using a mix of ecoearth and sand which is keeping the humidity within 60 to 80%. The basking platform was at 115F, but is increasing in temp as the material absorbs the heat, it's ceramic so it might take close to an hour. The light on the right is a low wattage bulb to keep things warm on the cool end.

    This is the little munchkin. You can see how incredibly thin it (staying away from he or she until i know the gender) is.
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    While the enclosure was warming up I took it out for some sun and gave it a warm bath for some forced hydration. The water seemed to help perk the little monitor up a bit.
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    I tried offering small dubia roaches and a chopped up pinky to no avail. I did get a bit of tongue flicking which makes me hopeful.
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    My sweet little monitor decided to crawl under his basking area for a nap. After a while I may try offering food again.
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    If it still refuses food tomorrow I'll syringe feed with some reptiboost to get some nutrients in it. This is the temporary humble abode:
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    This is my first monitor rescue. If anyone has more experience and would like to offer advice or suggestions I will take them seriously and they would be greatly appreciated. I want to see this sweet baby recover, thrice, and live a long happy life.

    Thank you for reading!

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  2. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    Rescue can be a gamble. Hopefully he'll get strong enough in a day or so to eat. Try raw egg. Also, a vet visit. Good luck. Keep posted.
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    Eavlynn New Member

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    I know the odds are about 50% on this little monitor, but I'm staying hopeful. The vet I like to see is 2 hours away, but well worth it. I'll be contacting them shortly. I'll give raw egg a shot, thank you!

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    Eavlynn New Member

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    The little monitor passed away last night. His fight is over. I knew the odds weren't good, and I did everything in my power to help him, but the damage done was too severe for such a small baby to come back from.

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  5. Walter1

    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    Eavlynn- I'm very sorry. There should be consolation that he died in care and not neglect.
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    Eavlynn New Member

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    Thank you for the kind words Walter. He was only in my care for 4 days and I feel devastated. The umbilical scar still looked fresh. I can't help but feel disgust that money was seen as more important then that precious little creature's life. Nothing has weighed heavier on my heart than the cruelty and neglect he was subjected to.

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    Dee-Dee Idrais Active Member

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    That poor little baby, but you are a saint for giving it a chance :(
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    Walter1 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club 5 Year Member

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    I hope that you'll consider another lizard that can be nurtured and loved. You'll both be the better for it.
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    Eavlynn New Member

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    I have 2 bearded dragons that are much loved, one of them also a rescue who has made great strides forward. I strive to give them as much love and happiness as they have given me. I would consider another lizard, though likely not a monitor unless I was 110% prepared and far more educated.

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