I am so sorry little Dukey, please forgive me

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I am so sorry little Dukey, please forgive me

Postby firedragon28 » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:07 pm


I just killed my baby beardie and it is totally my fault.
I loved him so much.
He was six months old. He only got to eat one roach before he died.

I have three beardies, two babies, male/female, and an adult male.
I was so stupid, and I will never be able to forgive myself.

I wanted to see if the baby and the adult would recognize each other as other dragons. They can see each other every day from their tanks. I almost cant get through telling this story again.

I had my whole hand wrapped all the way around the adults body and had him rested on the couch. I was making sure he coulnt move at all. They were about 8 inches apart or more.
No recognition. They acted as if each other wasnt there. I was staring at them for about a minute, never taking my eyes off them.
All the sudden, the adults tongue came out and he lurched at Dukie and somehow got him.
It happened in litterally a second in time and I couldnt even pull him away fast enough. He bit his whole head hard and I saw the whole thing. I was trying to get him to let go and it only lasted for a second or more but it was too late.
He died in my hand.
I was screaming and crying and telling him I was so sorry and how could this be happening.

I can't beleive I did this.
Please don't judge me. I thought I could prevent anything from occuring but nature is so powerful. He just thought he was food.
I hate myself.
If I could only change that minute in time he would still be alive.

I couldnt sleep. I spent all night in shock and wanting to just die.

Im so sorry Dukey. Please forgive me.
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Postby tank4102 » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:14 pm

sorry to hear about your sotry ......R.I.P
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Postby vickson420 » Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:32 pm

Sorry for your loss.I know how much you must be hurting right now.As you said it is their nature and its a terrible lesson to have to learn this way.If it happened as fast as you say then take some solace in knowing that he proabably didnt feel any pain.Please dont take it out on your big guy he was only acting on instinct.Once again sorry for your loss.
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Postby fresnowitte » Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:00 pm

Image I can only imagine how you must feel. Image Sorry for your loss. Image

Rest In Peace Little One.
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Postby Twobeardieguy » Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:10 pm

WOW................ So sorry to hear that! :cry:
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Postby beardie parents » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:43 pm

I'm sooo sorry.
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Postby CrystalReptile » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:58 pm

You shouldent blame yourself. It was a stupid mistake, and you know know to never do that again. Your little guy is now running around in hevan, and he forgives you, because he knows its not your fault. :( It is sad, and im sorry.
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Postby valkener » Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:57 pm

A mistake that probably taught you a lot about animal behavior. It was a quick death for him, but sorry to hear that he is gone now! Best of luck to you mate.
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Postby Angiecountrygirl » Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:02 pm

That is so very, very sad. I'm so sorry about Dukey. :cry:

*** Hopefully something possitive can come out of this, if someone is thinking it's okay to let adult beardies near juvinile beardies they will think twice, and this will not happen to another beardie. ***

Although it wasn't the brightest idea, you had good intentions - so don't blame yourself (it happened quickly, and I'm sure Dukey didn't suffer). As for your adult beardie- it is their instinct, and above all- they are territorial w/ other dragons and will try to dominate- it's nature... so don't blame the big guy either.

I hope your hurt and guilt goes away- again, you didn't mean for that too happen- so DON'T blame yourself, it was a mistake. :cry:

God Bless Dukey- R.I.P. little guy! :cry:
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Postby halicouple » Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:53 am

My thoughts and prayers go out to Dukey, as for yourself, it was a mistake... or, as I like to call them, a learning experience!!

This will be a good reference to any others trying to house beardies together!!

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Postby ckeeling » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:41 am

i am sorry for your loss i cant imagine how hard it is i dont know what i will do when my babies pass on :(
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Postby bigdave » Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:04 am

I know every one else has said it but I truly am sorry to hear of your loss and just so you know your story has saved another life , I was thinking of introduceing my juvie and my subjuvie to one another the same way thank you for your story it helped me from makeing the same mistake :cry: :cry: :(
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Postby TheWaveCarver » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:28 pm

everybody makes mistakes here and there. think of this as a learning experience. im sure Dukey forgives and that he is in an even better place. Still love the bearded dragon that caused the accident because he was only acting on instinct.
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Postby X0lnm0X » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:31 pm

not your fault, you didn't know it would happen.. don't be so hard on yourself... RIP little guy... :[ sorry for your loss
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