Yoshi passed away around 10pm tonight. He'd been ill for a day or so, and was really weak. Despite syringe feeding, Antibiotics, and heat pads, he was extremely weak, and eventually had a fit and passed away in my hands. Yoshi was one of my first gerbils who made me fall in love with the species. He came to me as one of 10 gerbils, kept in a tiny hamster cage, when he was around 3 weeks old. Yoshi, Flash & Toad were the first three I kept, Toad was his sister (Then thought of as brother, woops) and Flash was the only boy from another litter. He lived most of his life with Flash & BamBam until Bam had to be seperated from the other 2 for being violent. He was a cute, chubby little chap, and him and Flash were thick as theives from the start.
Here's me Flash, Toad & Yoshi, when they first went in together, ignore how bad I look! 16yr old me... I only had a terrible webcam then.
Some of my favourite photos of Yoshi:
With his life-long pal Flash:
Cute little boy
With Flash & BamBam
His typical Greedy self
Curious little boy
Yoshi will always hold a very special place in my heart. He was such a sweet and gentle little gerbil, totally chilled out guy even when he was young. In the early days when the gerbils used to escape he'd normally be sitting in the cage not even caring about the escape route left by his friends. RIP little one, never forgotten <3