9/18/2007 – It is with a very saddened heart that I must say that Jasmine lost his battle today. He put up a very valiant fight right up to the end, but it was simply too much for his body to handle. I visited with him this afternoon to send him on his journey. A necropsy will be performed this evening and we should hear something hopefully by late tonight and I will report to all of you as I get more information.
I just spoke with Sue Horton. The necropsy results are in and Jasmine died of aspergillosis. He had a large granuloma in his cyrinx that she suspects grew for about the last two weeks. She was amazed that he lasted as long as he did, he was a real trooper and I sure do miss him, loud mouth and all. And, I was right, Jasmine was a boy.
Thanks for all the kind words of support for Karen and I, it really helps to know that we have a real family with all of you, you all mean so much to Karen and I and we don't know what we would do without you. We love you from the bottom of our hearts and deeply thank you for all you do for our babies! I have attached some pictures of our baby Jasmine in his better times. If anyone has pictures other than what I have attached here of him, please forward them to me.
Once again I'd like to thank Eric for his attention to Jasmine's cause, he may have suffered immeasurably all night that night and at least Jasmine rested comfortably on oxygen.
Karen & Rich
For those of you who don't know, Jasmine is in the hospital. Eric noticed his breathing was labored last night and notified me. He was correct and I felt it was a partial airway obstruction. I rushed him to the ER and it worsened on the ride over to the point he lost his voice. After several hours, it was determined that it would be best to keep him overnight so I left him there. His night was uneventful. He will be transferred to Chicago Exotics in the morning for further evaluation and I will keep you all posted. Keep Jasmine in your prayers.
And Eric, nice job, this is the true essence of why we do what we do and caring about what we do. It is seeing that it is much more than just coming here and cleaning the cages. It is the small things that if left unnoticed, could mean the difference between life and death and I truly believe that you saved his life!
Jasmine was one of the most vocal cockatoos at the Refuge and loves attention. He stepped up, especially for a piece of fruit. Strings were his favorite things to play with.