This may help your other guinea pig:
Please adopt instead of purchasing from a pet store. There are so many homeless guinea pigs. You can honor Koro by adopting one who needs a home.
And this may help you:
Guinea pigs are very fragile. Here are some tips for handling:
You have our sympathy.
I have dropped a guinea pig before and the pig sustained a broken leg. I was beside myself with guilt. Thankfully it was only a broken leg and she healed over time, with vet care and special care at home.
What I took out of the experience is that, thereafter, I was rather fanatical about preventing another fall with other pigs. I made sure to always have both my hands on the pig at all times and to never place the pig in a situation where it might take a long fall. Unfortunately, they are very streamline in shape, they can move very suddenly and fast, and they have very poor eye sight so they seem to have no fear of being up high. Even with the best precautions, a fall can occur but one can try anyway. If you want to snuggle with one on your shoulder like you were doing, make sure you are sitting on the couch so there is something to prevent a fall if piggy leaps off or slips.
Please do check in your area for a guinea pig rescue that could help you find a good match for your pig. Providing a home for a pig in need is a wonderful way of honoring your Koro.
She had a host of health issues when we got her and we had only had her 3.5 weeks before she died in my hands just as I was trying to syringe feed her, She hadn't eaten anything for over 24 hours. I was (and still am) heartbroken (And that's coming from a 50 something long haired metal head).
I keep feeling I could have done something more to save her, that I made mistakes and since then have scoured this site for info to make try and make sure I do my best for the other 3 girls we have but they have all been having ongoing health issues for months. Apparently a common problem with Store bought piggies. I wish I had been able to do more research before the wife turned up with them out of the blue. I get ridiculously attached to pets that is why I have avoided having them since I was a kid.
Not sure I can offer much advice other than research, learn, adopt dont buy, and do the best you can .
I'm so sorry this happened and I completely understand how it could. We have a 4 month old and it he's a jumper and can't predict his movements at all. We don't even take him out of the cage to clean it unless someone can hold him on the floor.
Our 10 year old once had our calm, older boar jump from her hands as she was returning him to the cage - a fall of about 1 foot - and he was fine. We were lucky. It wasn't negligence; it was a predictable pig being unpredictable. From this we learned to just always assume the worst could happen and take all precautions. I'm so sorry that you weren't as lucky as we were.
Guinea pigs don't have the sophisticated thoughts we human do - they can't assign blame or forgive. The trauma was kind to the little one and separated her from the pain.
You will learn from this, you deserve to forgive yourself for this accident, and when you're ready - there are guinea pigs waiting for a good home.
- Supporter 2016-2018
I have had piggies for over 20 years and it never gets easier. Like you I always blame myself or the damn useless vets here who know nothing about piggies. I have made mistakes, damn vets also have made major mistakes causing my piggy/ies to pass. Sometimes I feel NO more piggies as I am fed up with the lack of knowledge vets here have and I HATE my piggies to suffer at their hands!
But then my heart aches for another to love and I give in then later regret it when she becomes ill and has to see the jerks we vets here! So what I am trying to say is DON'T beat yourself up over this! It was an accident-nothing more! Piggy/ies or any animals doesn't think or fear death like we humans do so I believe she felt no pain and fell asleep forever being comforted by you! My piggies are my friends and my family and they mean the world to me like Koro meant to you! Koro will always have a place in your heart and when you are ready get another piggy and love it. It will NOT be the same as your love for Koro but you fill find in your heart a place to love it!
Sending big hugs from us and the girls! Look into the starry night and when you see a bright star think of your piggy smiling down at you! I believe heaven needed another angel and this why your piggy passed.
Give yourself and your piggy time to grieve before getting another one! Maybe take your piggy to a rescue and let piggy choose another friend. Change pen/age around, put their home in a place where there are a lot of people, loads of cuddles and check weight very closely! Again we are sorry for your lost!