Sunday, March 25, 2007
Our Different Goodbyes
Continuing from yesterday's events in HamsterVille, today is probably the most beautiful day right from the morning when we woke up.
The sun was shinning bright, the day was clear with fresh breezy air after the late night's heavy rain. The perfect day had its bittersweet events too, though.
We had to say 3 goodbyes at 3 different events.
The 2 babies out of a liter of 7 were found dead. So our son was the official person to do the burial at HamsterVille CemeTree.
He was not alone. In fact Wednesday was there to accompany him for the burial this morning.
She followed him down to the burial site and helped our son somewhat... sniffing the ground and at one point actually used her paws to help our son dig the ground.
Well, she did not actually help dig, most probably because she was more curious than anything else. Amazing sight nonetheless!
Wifey and I was quite amazed at her antics. It lifted the solemn occasion to a rather interesting sight. It lifted our son's spirits up too in fact. Once the burial was over, Wednesday as always trailed behind our son back home. Amazing cat!
Today, Ms Ros has confirmed that she will be adopting 2 of our hammies.
Since I had another event to attend to, our son had taken the 2 hammies to Tampines MRT station at about 6:30pm where she and 2 of her sons were waiting with a cage for the pick-up.
She sent me a thank-you message once she had taken the hammies. I am so happy that the 2 hammies have a good home now with their new owners.
Our son handled it well too. He understood that it was for the greater good as this old Mayor just do not have the youthful energy to tend to a large population too well.
As I mentioned earlier, while our son was saying goodbye to the 2 hammies at Tampines MRT, I was saying goodbye to Catty at Bedok Reservoir.
Our 2 by 1 feet aquarium was just too small, and claustrophobic for our Catty who, by today, had measured about the same 2 feet when it laid still... sprawled diagonally across the length of the tank.
Catty had outgrown the tank and for the past week, quite restless, by splashing water out now an then. Not sure if the residents of HamsterVille were unhappy with the unexpected drizzles from their upstairs neighbour...
Wifey and I had decided that Catty would have to be released to the wild... Bedok Reservoir quarry.
It was tough to actually get big old Catty into a 1.5 feet plastic terrarium for the transportation. It gave a good struggle when I tried to pick its slimy body up after draining the water tank to a few inches.
I had to use a plastic shopping back over it and slowly lifted it up... transferring it to the awaiting plastic tank, half-filled with water that I placed inside Wifey's shopping trolley.
Walked all the way to the quarry where I met 4 men who were sitting there tending to their makeshift herbal farm.
They came to see Catty and helped me release it into the reservoir. Catty did not struggle, maybe tired from the struggle earlier and the 10 minutes journey she had to endure.
Catty went into the water, stayed a while at the shallow end where I released it... and then went into the deeper end where it blended so well with the quarry floor, I could no longer spot it anymore.
I left the quarry rather sad because I will miss that big pig of a catfish's antics, but definitely more happy than not, that it now has a vast playground where the sun shines. I just hope I do not see a newspaper photo of a man holding a prized catch from the quarry years from now.
I really hope that I have not disrupted the ecosystem either... then again, it was a granite quarry before, whatever inhabitants there most probably were introduced the way I did it. That was what one of the men who helped told me.
Now, the aquarium is freed-up again for aquatic garden with colourful little fishes to soothe my tired mind when I return home. I am sure the residents of HamsterVille will appreciate it too.
Our son has successfully set-up a self-contained eco-terrarium at school and got first for his effort when the plants and fish thrived. He has the same plan at home too. I am considering his suggestion. I am hoping that there will not be any unexpected life-form that I have to care for when something goes wrong.
A very eventful... bittersweet Sunday, indeed.