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two dead guinea pigs...

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Beetroot Thu 03-Mar-05 09:56:15

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emmatmg Thu 03-Mar-05 09:57:10

I'd say the fox got them

lunavix Thu 03-Mar-05 09:57:12

how old are they?

charliecat Thu 03-Mar-05 09:57:57

who mauled them? Tell them the truth...but dont show them?

Beetroot Thu 03-Mar-05 09:58:06

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Beetroot Thu 03-Mar-05 09:58:45

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Miaou Thu 03-Mar-05 09:59:08

I would be honest and upfront with them if you think they can take it. Have you discussed death/pets dying with them before?

emmatmg Thu 03-Mar-05 09:59:52

Gruesome but if the heads have gone then iy's pretty 100% a fox.

for some reason they like heads!!!

charliecat Thu 03-Mar-05 10:01:02

Oh god...erm...if you say it was a fox they may imagine the damage done, if you say they ran away they wil hope forever, you will be withc from hell if you say you gave them could bury them now...and let them have an after service?

SeaShells Thu 03-Mar-05 10:01:09

that's so sad, perhaps tell the kids they died of old age or something, mauling might be abit much for the kids.

Beetroot Thu 03-Mar-05 10:02:00

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Marina Thu 03-Mar-05 10:03:05

Sorry Beety, always had a huge affection for all guinea pigs, such sweet and entertaining little rodents. How distressing to find your pets all mangled.
I'd be truthful but low-key...they will be wondering if the GPs will ever come back if you say they legged it (and in this weather? I'd be sceptical if given this explanation).

Aero Thu 03-Mar-05 10:03:17

When the b**** fox killed our rabbit, we told the kids that he died because the fox had frightened him so much and his heart stopped working. His body wasn't too bad, but would have been upsetting for them so we put him in a rather large shoe box which had a little hole in it. Therefore they knew he was in there but couldn't see any of the damage - we just said it would upset them to see him when he wasn't alive and they were happy enough with that - could just see a little of hs fur.
Not sure what state your guinea pigs are in though if this might be possible.
Sorry to hear that though - it is horrible.

Beetroot Thu 03-Mar-05 10:03:44

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SeaShells Thu 03-Mar-05 10:03:47

Are you alright beetroot?

Hopefully the 3rd will show up.

biglips Thu 03-Mar-05 10:05:36

my mum found her rabbit with no head as fox took it but there was no blood at anywhere in the run. the other rabbit was ok.
what happened is that the foxes take heads as its easier to carry and they feed it to their hungry babies and come back later for the body

emmatmg Thu 03-Mar-05 10:05:38

My frieds rabbit got killed by a fox and she said they'd taken him to the vet beacsue he was ill and he'd died.

The only problem was that she had nightmares that they'd find the rabbit's head on the way to school as he'd taken it.


I'd be honest.

Beetroot Thu 03-Mar-05 10:05:55

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Beetroot Thu 03-Mar-05 10:08:04

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Aero Thu 03-Mar-05 10:11:37

That was my worry too (though I did like our rabbit), so I'm afraid I couldn't be totally truthful - dd would have been terribly upset.- she was sad enough that he was dead. She was the one who took the interest of him and for some reason he wasn't the slightest bit nervous around her. We felt we should mention the fox though as these things do happen in nature.
Good luch anyway with whatever you decide.

Marina Thu 03-Mar-05 10:15:03

Have a memorial service. If the children really keep asking, say they were eaten. Which is true if not the whole story.

Beetroot Thu 03-Mar-05 10:15:24

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Marina Thu 03-Mar-05 10:18:09

You are NOT having a good day from the sound of things Beety

SeaShells Thu 03-Mar-05 10:18:10

Good luck with it. Hope the kids aren't too upset by it all, maybe a big tub of choccy icecream might cheer them up

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