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Lakota joins her sister

Post by king1-7 » Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:26 pm

...well, we all acknowledged that it would have to happen sometime. Lakota was euthanized on November 7, 2008. Quote her wolf log:

I am sorry to say that Lakota, our last remaining member of the 1993 litter, was euthanized today at 3:30pm. She lived an incredible life as an ambassador wolf for the International Wolf Center. At 15 1/2 years of age, her metabolic system had started to show signs of decline. This was a fairly fast onset of decline, as you can see from the weblogs that she was still up and active as of the last posting on November 3rd; however, 15 1/2 years is old. In the last few days, she stopped taking her medication and stopped eating any food. When wolf care staff came in for wolf care this morning, she got up, came to the wolf yard and entered the lab (we leave the door open so she can come and go as she pleases), then went to the back side of the new retired enclosure area and laid down in the wooded portion. She was unwilling to get up, showing some intense shaking and muscle spasms. Staff covered her with a sleeping bag, and were able to deliver her anti-inflammatory medication, giving her some relief. After some time, she willingly got up and moved to the den box. It’s not uncommon for animals to retreat to places away from people before they die. This same behavior was noted on Thursday afternoon, but again, staff worked diligently to get her up and into the den box. A consultation with Dr. Hanson, our veterinarian, led to the assessment that her system was shutting down, and while the anti-inflammatory provided some relief, her condition was declining. All of the Ely staff were able to spend time with her in her final hours. While it is sad to lose such an important part of our wolf care program, it is comforting to know that Lakota had a great life and was vital part of our educational mission.
And so, the IWC ceases to have a Retired Pack...Rest in Peace, Lakota.
Rest in peace, sisters Lakota and Mackenzie

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Post by Blindseer » Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:46 pm

goodbye Lakota...

I knew you would leave us eventually, but I hadnt expected you to leave so soon... I was sure you would have survived another few months D:

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Post by Wolfwind » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:38 am

I didn't expect it would be so soon.... :cry: Goodbye, Lakota. Rest in peace... you were part of the reason I love wolves.

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Post by Makayla » Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:14 pm

Aww.. that is just so sad.. :cry:
I never saw her in real life, but she was one of my favorite wolves.
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Post by Snowmuzzle » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:55 pm

Aww, that's sad :( She was the same age as me...
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Post by Kouga » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:10 am

So death itself was the biggest relief for Lakota...
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Post by Aluriel » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:39 pm

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Post by Icy » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:50 pm

aww, poor Lakota. D':
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Post by Arctic Sunrise » Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:56 pm

Poor Lakota.....she's in a better place now. May her spirit rest in peace.
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Post by Spirithowl » Tue Nov 11, 2008 6:21 pm

After such an amazing and happy last few days of her shortened life, sh enow runs with her sister. Rest In Peace, Lakota.
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Post by king1-7 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:18 pm

It's really a shame that she passed so soon after the renovations were completed on her enclosure...now they have to keep it maintained for a few years until Shadow and Malik are ready to move in, even though it will be unoccupied during that time. :?
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Post by Wolfwind » Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:04 pm

king1-7 wrote:It's really a shame that she passed so soon after the renovations were completed on her enclosure...now they have to keep it maintained for a few years until Shadow and Malik are ready to move in, even though it will be unoccupied during that time. :?
Yeah, I was wondering how that was going to go for them... it's such a nice pond, too. :|
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Post by Icy » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:04 pm

I wish she could live a bit longer.......
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Post by winterwolf21 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:25 pm

i made a card to sign in honor of lakota she will be missed :cry: :(
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Re: Lakota joins her sister

Post by WildFire » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:03 pm

Awwww. Good bye, Lakota at least your pain is over now. Tis a shame you had to go.

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