Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rest In Peace Cody

I just got this sad news in my email today. Cody is a cougar at InSync Exotics.

I haven't worked with the cougars yet, so I don't really know them well. Cody was getting prepped to go to Texas A&M before I left on Monday. At that time, the staff was looking for an air conditioned ride that would hold his cage.


I'm afraid I have some very bad news. We lost Cody today.

If you aren't up to date on his story, he stopped eating so he was taken to our local veterinarian, Dr. Kerin. Chest x-rays showed a mass on his lungs, which wasn't there on his x-rays taken just 4 months ago. The mass could have been either cancer, or an abscess.

Cody was taken to Texas A&M today, to hopefully perform surgery to determine what was in his lungs. When he got there, he had a collapsed lung, and they pulled 2 liters of fluid out of his lung, and then reinflated it. However, before they could start the surgery, his bloodwork showed Cody was in acute renal failure. They were going to put him on IV fluids for a few days, then try again to perform the surgery.

However, a short time ago, the abscess in Cody's lung burst. Between that and the renal failure, we just couldn't ask Cody to fight any longer. He would have been in a great deal of pain, with a very poor prognosis for recovery.

A necropsy is being performed now, to let us know what happened to our sweet Cody, and then Vicky will be bringing him home.

I'll update everyone on memorial plans once I know what they are. Thanks so much.


The service for Cody will be held at Pet Memories Cremation tomorrow morning (Friday) at 8:30am. Their address is 2500 State Highway 66, Rockwall TX 75087. You can find directions at their website,


At 6:49 PM, Blogger Kitty said...

RIP sweet Cody...

At 1:21 AM, Blogger Bukko Canukko said...

As the great philosopher Morrison said, "No one here gets out alive." What matters most is not how you die, but how you lived. The dying part is but the tip of the iceberg of your existence. Think not of the end point, but the entire arc of his story.

No doubt this cougar pounced on many small animals and was the instrument of their deaths. As do all of us carnivores, even we who buy our flesh at the sanitized grocery store. If he had lived in the wild, chances are he would have endured days or weeks of increasing pain and fear, until he was picked off by a stronger predator, or expired in a delerium of thirst and starvation. he force of death is remorseless, but the mechanism of it can be merciful.

At 3:01 PM, Blogger an average patriot said...

That is too bad so sorry, cougars are magnificent animals. I didn't see any reference to his age, did they know how old he was?

At 6:11 PM, Anonymous edgar said...

I was curious how old he was too.


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