He has an acquaintance that has a very strange habit of taking in an animal, taking very good care of them for about a week, and then losing interest. And by "strange habit" I mean, anger inducing in such a way that it makes me want to put him in a cell somewhere and lose interest.
But I digress. . .
So, said acquaintance had somehow come in possession of a Leopard Gecko some months back and had since lost interest. Knowing our mutual friend was a Leopard Gecko owner, this jackass. . . er, um, I mean, person, contacted him and asked if he wanted another. He instantly thought of me.
Through a series of phone calls back and forth, I agreed.
It wasn't until I went to pick up the new member of the family that I realized just how bad it's life had been to this point. In the smallest tank an adult should ever be kept in, a single hide on the "cold" side of the tank, large crickets crawling everywhere, oh, and the fucktard, I mean person decided to unplug the heat source once he decided he had lost interest. So our new baby was living for who knows how long without heat. And the larger crickets are known to nibble on geckos when they sleep if they are left hungry in the enclosure.
By the time I got the new family member home things were closed up for the weekend, so I'm stuck with what I have available. Thus far, all available evidence points to our new baby having never had vitamins or calcium, both essential to Leopard Geckos. The water was filthy. The bowl was cleaned and clear, fresh water put in. The enclosure in a mess, obviously not cleaned in some time. We did a quick cleanup got the "heat lamp" that was sent along running again, and let our new critter warm back up to a decent temperature.
Oh, the heat lamp provided is actually just a 100 watt regular standard light bulb in a shop light.
Son of a . . .
Tomorrow, I go with a list on a little shopping trip and get this shit straightened out. Appropriate sized enclosure with proper hides on warm and cool sides, plus a humid hide, which has apparently never been provided. Appropriately sized crickets for a food source, vitamins, calcium, proper heat source, timer on a good lamp for day/night cycle that actually IS a day/night cycle. Appropriate "flat" water dish instead of this whatever the hell you'd call that's in there.
Sorry, I appear to be a little aggravated. Don't even get me started on what this mental giant did when he had a dog. Thank dorg someone with half a brain took the dog from him before he did any lasting damage. Unfortunately, I'm not yet certain that's the case this time.
Our new baby has lost its tail at some point and regrown a partial one. I've been very cautious about handling so far, trying to make sure he/she is comfortable for the night until the new enclosure is prepared, so I haven't had a chance to check claw damage from the course carpet the previous caretaker slapped in there because it was easier than finding an appropriate substrate. He/she moves around fairly well, and appears to be sleeping very peacefully now that the enclosure is fairly clean and temperature regulated on some level, even if it's not perfect. Once we get proper food in there, if eating commences and I can check him/her out looking for any obvious signs of injury. If eating doesn't commence, vet trip. It's possible a vet trip will be in order anyway, if anything seems amiss.
Mrs. NFB, in typical Mrs. NFB fashion, went from "ew lizard" to "how dare that bastard not take care of our baby" as soon as mommy mode kicked in. A creature passes the threshold, and no matter the species, that is her child from that point forward. It worked with the cats, despite the fact she's a dog person. It worked with the fish. And now it's worked with a reptile.
We're still working through our own anger over horrible pet ownership issues. Some people view living things as if they aren't. We can't comprehend that.
Provided our new kid doesn't have any permanent issues, our anger will pass quickly. It will take more time if there are permanent issues, but it will fade.
The important thing today is that we have a new pet. A new pet that will be cared for.
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