THE VB MASCOTS
Darby & Remy
Remy arrived on May 7, 2009. She had a large tumor by her left back leg and her owner was no longer able to take care of her. Darby was also living as a lone rat at the time with Amy (a fellow rat-lover), so it was decided she should become Remy's cagemate. She arrived the following Saturday. The initial intro went well although for safety reasons they were returned to their own cages at the end of playtime. Some scuffles ocurred in the following days, but mostly Remy just chased Darby around while Darby ignored her. Remy also love to chase string. Once she even chased her own tail, running round and round in circles until she actually caught it... realizing much to her dismay that it was just her tail.
Remys tumor keeps growing and was eventually removed on May 22. The surgery went well, but recovery was difficult. Remy absolutely hated wearing the plastic collar that prevented her from pulling out her stitches.
Once she had healed a bit more, the two girls were moved into the big cage together. Darby became very protective of Remy whose health started to fail due to breathing problems. Eventually Remy passed away in June, and Darby was left once again as a lone rat.
Meanwhile Darby developed her own tumor. Over time, her playtimes grew shorter and smaller... until eventually the tumor became so large that it was hard for her to even pull herself out of her cozy cup. Because of her age, it was decided that surgery wasn't a good option, but that she should just live out her natural life as much as possible. She still thoroughly enjoyed her treats and being pet. Eventually she stopped eating her yogurt and peanuts (her favorite!) and seemed quite ready when she was put to sleep at the vet's with loving friends nearby.
Pictures from Darby's younger days