Monday, June 30, 2008

The End Of An Era



The Bob expired today quietly in his home in the aviary. He died of old age, actually quite extreme old age. In the wild hedgehogs only live to be about four years old and The Bob was closer to about eight or so. He was never a cuddly individual but he would come out to see what I had for him to eat whenever he heard my voice in the aviary. Hedgehogs are....well, prickly. But he was a much loved member of the community and was a gift from Uma and Jim when they moved from Cairo to Singapore.

He will be buried in the garden under a laurel tree that needs to be transplanted into the earth.

Farewell, Bob. You gave many people much pleasure during your life with us.

copyright 2008 Maryanne Stroud Gabbani

5 comments:

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

RIP, Bob.

Akinoluna said...

Poor Bob! He sure did have a long life though!

Ahmed Al-Sabbagh said...

very good

i like your blog and photo so much

ahmed

gabi said...

Awh, poor The Bob. He didn't get to have Bobettes and fool around with Boboçinas....

Do vets neuter hedgehogs or what? To be honest, that's what I was wondering. I guess so many years of hermitlike existence, in re: hedgehog society, would have been somewhat frustrating. One assumes that even prickly little buggers have their 'needs' and 'desires'....

How are your baby horses? Can we have some updates please?

Maria said...

What a nice picture of the hedgehog! Did not know that their feet are that long!
I am sorry that The Bob has expired. Nice litte fellow.