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Have you ever lost a pet? (as in the pet escaped)

Discussion in 'Private Collections & Pets' started by Hipporex, 19 Apr 2019.

  1. Bursuc

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    Good news that you found your snake!

    I’m always worried sick when a pet of mine or my friends’ might be missing.

    We used to have budgies (3 in total, 2 at any given time) and unfortunately both of my sister’s flew away and never came back, but on different occasions. My own escaped once, but we soon found her on an outer wall of the house. To my knowledge (I wasn’t in the room when any of it happened), the cause was my sister bumping into the cage while the doors were open.

    My dog also disappeared from the yard a couple of times, and he has a habit of trying to sneak behind our neighbours’ fences. Thankfully he was back within half an hour each time,whinging at the front doorstep to be let inside!

    Hopefully you’ll never have to deal with an escapee again, the feeling is terrible.
     
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  2. Daniel Sörensen

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    Sadly yes, I've lost several birds that escaped during a period of many years. Mandarin ducks, Canada geese, Nanday parakeet, Japanese quails, Domestic chickens, Guineafowls etc etc.

    Remember to close their cages/enclosures ;):rolleyes::D

    Once during a storm, one of my aviary doors blew open, but when I came there in the morning all the pigeons and pheasants were still in the aviary not understanding the door was open. :p
     
  3. Jake

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    This doesn’t count as an escape I don’t think.
    A couple of months ago my chickens went missing.
    7 chickens. 2 days. No feathers. No one in my neighbourhood has seen them. wwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhaaaaaattttttt...........
     
  4. Cassidy Casuar

    Cassidy Casuar Well-Known Member

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    When my family owned rabbits, we were absolutely horrible owners and did not keep them contained. Eventually the rabbits destroyed a small flower bed on the neighbours' property, and those neighbours let us hear about it. Two of our rabbits disappeared not long after that.
    Also, I owned Chinese Painted Quails (1.4) until they all escaped while I was away from home for a weekend. The lid of the box that they lived in got a warped corner, which created an opening that was apparently just large enough for the quails to fly through. I saw no sign of the quails after that; they weren't tame at all, but the local cats would have made short work of them.
     
  5. Onychorhynchus coronatus

    Onychorhynchus coronatus Well-Known Member

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    Glad to hear you found your pet snake again Hipporex !

    I used to have (many years ago) two pet snakes , both captive bred by a friend of mine , one was a banded morph Californian kingsnake and the other a beautiful Sinaloan milk snake. The Californian kingsnake was a natural born escape artist whereas the milksnake never once tried to escape it's terrarium.

    The kingsnake escaped about twice by squeezing through what I had assumed to be an escape proof lid. I found it easily on the 1st occasion as it was hiding under my pillow/bed covers but the 2nd time was far more traumatic (especially because I was renting and was concerned that he might have slithered into the landladies house) I checked everywhere I just couldn't find it for over a fortnite.

    Then one day I was picking up clothes from my laundry basket to put in the washing machine and I felt something strange inside an old t shirt and pulled it out discovered that it was my snake very much alive after his adventure. After that I didn't take any chances and put a lock and key on the terrarium.

    Snakes are talented escape artists so make sure you keep your terrarium as escape proof as possible , the best way is with a lock and a key on the sliding door if your tank has one or this can be installed. Exoterra terrariums are particularly good in this regard.
     
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  6. Hipporex

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    Thanks! Glad you found yours as well. I currently keep the lid ducked tape. Tacky? Yes. Does it work? Also yes.

    Although when I buy a new tank next year I keep that in mind. (I'm taking him to college with me but to do so I have to get him a smaller tank. Normally I wouldn't approve of this but it'll only be a temporary situation.)
     
  7. Anniella

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    I had a Hong Kong warty newt from the mid-1990s to the beginning of this decade. One day, in the late 1990s, he escaped his aquarium, and I had no idea where he was. He was gone for a few days. He ended up being found on the carpet of a closet, still alive, and he lived for many more years.
     
  8. Onychorhynchus coronatus

    Onychorhynchus coronatus Well-Known Member

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    That is a very long lived newt !
     
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  9. Anniella

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    Especially for a tropical species; some of the newts from colder climates can live longer.
     
  10. Neil chace

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    Corn snakes tend to be notorious escape artists, I am not surprised yours has escaped a lot. I have never had many pets, but have two kind of funny escapes. My second hamster, named Houdini escaped from the box on the way home from the pet store, chewed right through it. My leopard gecko, Fluffy, has never escaped but I thought it escaped once. Looked all over for it and found out it dug under a climbing structure in his tank and got inside of it.
     
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  11. Mo Hassan

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    Not exactly a pet, more of a rescue, but I have an interesting story.

    My sister texted me one day that her dog caught and tried to eat a baby bird, could I come rescue it? When she sent me a picture of a newly-fledged nuthatch, I went immediately there. The plan was to get it to feed, make sure it wasn't injured or shocked, and release it in the same park where it was found. I took it home in a shoebox and it was so tame (as in unafraid of me). I have never held a tamer bird - and that includes domestic chicken chicks and ducklings. It seemed uninjured, and wanted to climb - I took this as a natural instinct of these tree-climbing birds, so was quite pleased. I took some pictures and resolved to release it soon after.

    At the park, I opened the shoebox and the bird wasn't there! I could swear it was there when I left, but it must have flew out just before I left the house. With three cats in the house, I feared the worst, and combed the house to look for any remains or a guilty-looking cat.

    I'd begun to lose hope when I remembered it liked to climb, so started looking at the top of walls, curtains, windows, bookcases, anything tall. I eventually found it at the very top of the curtains! I was so relieved. I released it in the back of the garden, where it climbed a medlar tree and out of sight. I still don't know if I did the right thing not releasing it back where it was, but I didn't want to risk losing it again.