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Dumb mistake -Praying for a Xmas miracle

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  1. StudentoftheReptile

    StudentoftheReptile Active Member 5 Year Member

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    So last night, I had a headache when I came home from work, and coupled with the typical stress of helping the wife with getting everything ready for the holidays, I forgot to do my evening check of the pens outside and put the redfoot tortoises in their heated shed. This morning I went outside, and found my adult male still outside in 32'F weather. Apparently, he did not make it the shed on his own. He was stiff and motionless. I brought him inside and trying to warm him up in my inside juvenile pen which has a CHE. But that was 2 hrs ago and still no sign of life. Praying for a Christmas miracle. :(
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    :( I hope you can rescue your RF. So sad. This kind of stuff breaks my heart. I hope you don't feel guilty at all, its totally understandable, we all know you didn't do this is on purpose. Mistakes happen. We are all human. Its a valuable lesson to learn, and its help us prevent these things in the future. There is still a chance that your tort is with us, and if he isn't, it was just his time to go. Good luck, you and your tort will be in out prayers. And Merry Christmas. Dont let this type of thing keep you from enjoying your holidays. :( best of Luck!!!!!
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    kathyth Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    That is so sad and a simple human mistake.
    A special prayer going out to you and your guy.
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    Joanne Active Member 5 Year Member

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    torl_luv_5055 is right, don't blame yourself. I hope he pulls through for you.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Don't try to warm him up too quickly. I've got my fingers crossed for you.
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    No matter the outcome, stop beating yourself up. Things happen, mistakes are made, accidents happen. *fingers crossed* for your miracle. So sorry this happened to you, especially at this time of year. :(
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    I'm so sorry. Praying for you and your boy.
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    lkwagner Member 5 Year Member

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    Is the poor little guy breathing? I'm sorry this happened
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    tortadise Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Sorry to hear of this. Hope for the best.
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    Awe man that really sucks I hope your baby comes back I'm prying for him [PERSON WITH FOLDED HANDS]
  11. StudentoftheReptile

    StudentoftheReptile Active Member 5 Year Member

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    3 hrs after I brought him in, he did open his eyes and he has started moving around. :)
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    Perhaps a lukewarm soak soon? Hope he makes it!
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    What a relief to hear! Indeed a Christmas Miracle :D Hoping he'll be in good shape. Best of luck :)
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    Don't give up, keep him warm , and keep an eye on him. Keep us updated

    Kyle
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    gustaf Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Awesome. He will be ok
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    Oh man, how totally scary and a crazy 3 hours you just had, with your little snowman tortoise.
    Thank goodness for still alive! Happy! Now comes the watch like a hawk part, to be sure all is truly alright.
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    Jacqui Wanna be raiser of Lemon Drop tortoises Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    Is he still improving?
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    AZtortMom Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    How's he doing?
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    That was the news I was hoping for. Thank you.
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    I logged in just to check on you and your boy!
    We are all pulling for you!!!

    [PERSON WITH FOLDED HANDS]
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