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30 August 2008 @ 08:51 pm
a day of horror  
my precious girl has lost a leg. the danger now is that she may bleed to death, because spiders' blood doesn't clot. uncle jeremy says she will be safe if the leg broke cleanly off, if not i have to amputate the remainder... i do see a tiny section but i'm not sure if it's just a protrusion from her body. uncle john said to apply cornflour to the wound to stop the bleeding, which i have done (with slight difficulty... she got so much flour on her it was a little funny despite the grave situation). she has crawled into bed and now i can only hope for the best.

so, what happened was... lucien's siblings have been slowly dying off. scout was the first to go. but that was expected because he seems to have inherited weaker genes from lucy, being the second batch of her kids. he was only half the size of tiga. the next to go was dot. lucien's little sister, whom i actually expected to outlive her, was found on the bottom of her jar, at a precise angle where i couldn't see her. she might have been dead for a coupla days. :( i'd thought she was hiding in her bed during the days when i didn't spot her. after that, tiga started acting funny. he began to have long periods of staring into space. this is one of the first signs of the end. he's still alive now, but has been less and less responsive. i have done a farewell photoshoot of tiga today. i think he will leave us late tonight or tomorrow.

so, with all these in mind, i realise that time waits for no one. if i want lucien to have kids, maybe i shouldn't wait any longer? yesterday, i fed both lucien and her potential bf, pip the pirate boy. first attempt to introduce them had pip seemingly stalk lucien from behind, instead of dancing to get her attention. i panicked and separated them. then i offered  a cricket to pip, who refused it. so he wasn't hungry and trying to stalk lucien to eat her. ok. i thought maybe he was just getting nearer before going about the normal antics. so i put them together again.

lucien is a little blur. she has always been a little blind to certain things. she hardly saw pip at all. pip stalked her again... and then just grabbed her with no warning! they tangled into a ball... and i almost had a heart attack. she flung him off after a gruelling few seconds that seemed like an eternity to me. then i separated them at once.

i didn't see anything amiss until i saw lucien's furry leg. by itself. :o

i checked her at once and saw her with only three legs on one side. it wasn't one of her front legs, so that's a good thing. there was a huge blob of clear blood on the jar where the incident occured, so i freaked out. uncle john said that should be normal... so i'm trying to stop freaking out.

i still can't believe what happened. i'm so upset with myself. i should have taken the first attempt as a sign and stopped there.

my poor little girl.

feelin': worriedworried
kyle cassidykylecassidy on August 30th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
i was on the edge of my seat the whole time. i swear this is the most exciting blog on lj.
JV: infantluciendrag0nette on August 30th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
that's an awesome compliment for a blog that hasn't seen an update for 28 days! :)

now the question is, did i put enough cornflour on her?
.that girl.: akfg headphonesgirlwhowaits on August 30th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
I missed reading about lucien and I missed your writing. Hope things turn out alright for lucien.

Thought of you today because you haven't updated for a while (FB doesn't count). xoxo
JV: babyluciendrag0nette on August 30th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
thanks babe... i hope so too. :(

ex_neke on August 30th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
:( I hope she gets well.
JV: babylucien2drag0nette on August 30th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
thanks neke... 9 hours later, i see her moving in her sleep as usual. so, we have hope...
ex_neke on August 30th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
*crosses fingers*
trillian_starstrillian_stars on August 30th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
This was the sort of post that had me shouting out "Oh!" "Aaagh!!" "Oooh!" at every word.... Kyle said "what?" and I merely had to say "Dragonette!" for him to understand!

I hope Lucien is alright; I'm thinking of you both!
JV: lucienhugdrag0nette on August 30th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
hehehe. that's pretty funny! thank trill. :) i see her twitching in her dreams so she might survive this yet. *fingers crossed*
(Anonymous) on September 4th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
That's sad. It's interesting to note that jumpers like Pip shows food selectivity or probably need food variety. Like all animals i think they will get bored with the same type of food after a while, hence opting for another type.
JVdrag0nette on September 4th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
actually, no. pip wasn't attacking lucien. her leg was caught in some webbing and she tugged it off while trying to escape from his amorous clutches. i have not encountered any food selectivity with my kids so far. i only chose to get them better food (crickets) for nutrition's sake.
(Anonymous) on September 10th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
Amorous clutches? LOL! You sure have a way with words. I thot if Pip was being any romantic, he would do a little fancy dance,like all other jumpers, for Lucien, instead of jumping on her. A direct hit like how you described sounds offensive to me. Anyhow, Pip's been a bad boy for hurting, maybe indirectly, Lucien.
JVdrag0nette on September 10th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
if pip meant to attack her, she would be dead by now. pip may not be able to do the dance because he's missing two arms. i think he merely tried to skip the whole song and dance thing. such a lack of effort. i will conduct another date with bib when i have a suitable enclosure built. bib is more alert than lucien, so she is less likely to get hurt.
(Anonymous) on September 12th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Oh man. That means Pip was trying to force himself on Lucien?! That's ulgy. Hope you have success with Bib. I have never been able to get this species of jumpers. Maybe when you have more of them, I could buy some from you?
PS. How did Pip lose 2 of its arms??
JVdrag0nette on September 13th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
nah... i don't think the authorities would be happy with that. sorry!

pip was found by john. we don't know how he lost his arms prior to being found.
(Anonymous) on September 17th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
It's ok. Guess i'll have to find one myself...and I did!! Yea, it's a huge boy but with one arm missing. But i don't think it's diardi but definately a Hyllus. He's wild.
JVdrag0nette on September 10th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
oh, and he didn't jump on her. he walked up to her and touched her, then grabbed her.
(Anonymous) on September 12th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Hmm... now that you say. Hard to imagine with Pips having only 6 hindlegs.
JVdrag0nette on September 13th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
he doesn't have 6 hindlegs. he is missing 2 front ones on the same side.