February 15, 2004
Our beautiful pal was recalled sometime before sunrise, his limp little body hanging vertically just above the bottom. His end did not come quickly, as hope was for his recovery, as was the situation a while back...check out his home page noted below.
His last days were a couple of weeks without eating, listlessness, and needing help each night to position him on his favorite branch at the surface, by his mirrored image/companion, so he wouldn't drown during the night.
Eventually, sometime during the night, he let his frail, but still beautiful little body slip silently away to the depths.
Carefully cradeling him in my fingers I checked him for signs of life, but none were evident as at previous times, and to be sure, I placed him in a Zip-Lock bag, and transferred him to the freezer...the suggested humane method of euthanasia in such cases.
Later in the day I transferred him in his case, opening it to allow drying, and left it in state in a dry place.
After a week, I placed some of his favorite branches, and colorful stones in the bag/case with him, and zipped it closed for eventual internment in the earth.
Emily will be missed, his beautiful little figure having adorned our computer desk for three years, at times providing entertainment during Video Conferences, though he saw the Video Camera's eye as another great fish, and would scamper to the other side. He had days in the sun with us as the winter sun would allow, streaming through the window. He knew his feeding times, and surely enjoyed our company too. Bye, bye little one...we shall meet again...say hello to Derby for us.