Born: August 6, 1998
Rescued From: Wisconsin
Given Sanctuary: June 1, 2006
Returned to Spirit: September 5, 2008
When the animals arrived at the sanctuary, we immediately set about making them as physically and emotionally comfortable as possible. Lucan was by far the most calm and social of all the animals. He allowed scratches and eagerly took goodies from our hands. After his neuter, Lucan was paired with Kasota, another animal from the same rescue. Their relationship was spectacular, and they helped each other recover from the trauma of their former lives.
Lucan gradually developed hip problems, and he received painkillers daily to lessen his discomfort. One day, during a general veterinary examination, Lucan collapsed but seemed to be doing better after some acupuncture and sweet talk. Overall, he appeared healthy for his age but seemed to have severe back-end arthritis. The vet recommended stronger painkillers and a reevaluation of his treatment after blood test results came back.
The following day, a volunteer found Lucan dead in his enclosure. Results of a necropsy found severe kidney disease, stones, and crystallization in the ducts. Only a small portion of one kidney had been working. Amazingly, his blood tests came back perfect.