It is with a very sick feeling in my stomach that I write this:(
I have a huge olive that I have kept for 12 years so far, and she means the world to me.
I was holding her last night and she wrapped two coils around my neck to snuggle. After a while it got a bit uncomfortable for me so I gently tried to untwist her. She wasn't coming off easily but foolishly I still tried to unwind her and suddenly I heard a snapping sound and she immediately gave way and went limp!
My first sickening thought was that I had broken her spine. She was definitely uncomfortable and didn't want to move. I let her rest for a while and then took her out and she definitely had a nice serpentine movement along her entire length so I ruled out a spinal injury.
I examined her further and if you run your fingers along her belly, about a foot from her head there is suddenly a soft spot, almost like I ripped her "stomach" muscles.
Has anyone heard of this kind of thing before? Do I just leave her and hope for the best, or can a vet operate on something like that? I gave her a nice warm soak and she seemed much better afterwards, moving around her cage and flicking her tongue...
Thanks for reading.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
- Dale Carnegie