There is joy in the air, Peri is back!
It is true, he was NOT on walkabout, we are now sure. Peri has just returned.... thin, very weak, bedraggled, but alive. The other happy vegan found him, wobbly on the beach. At first, he thought he was seeing things, but with a quick "Peri!" and a feeble responding "meow," he knew it was not a mirage, but the real deal.
He quickly scooped up Peri up, and with tears streaming, brought him inside for me to see. At first, I wondered why he had our gray cat Lemon in his arms, and was crying. I just kind of stood there, it really did not register with me at first. He said "Peri....." and that was all he could get out. Peri, weak but alive, was inside my living room.
The first call was to Peri's people parents, the second call was to the veterinarian. Peri was brought into the hospital as an emergency; he has been admitted as an in-patient. He is now stable, and will recover.
As quickly as the other animals exhibited their bizarre behaviors in his absence, is as quickly as they have stopped their oddities. If I wrote and explained all that was going on with his siblings, either you'd think we were crazy, or if you're a believer in those things (as we are)... you'd think it was incredible. What happened with the others IS incredible and not within the realm of our abilities to fully understand. As you know, although we never gave up all hope, we were far too close to the resolution that harm had fallen upon sweet Peri and he would not pass this way physically again. When we calculated the amount of time he'd been gone, we realized we were in double digit days, since we lose track of time easily with the nature of our work. It was actually only just upon waking this morning that we realized fully how long he has been gone.
Peri, sweet Peri. I cannot express the feeling of light I feel, and the exuberance surrounding us right now. And, it is even better because I know others will feel the same upon hearing this news.
Thank you to everyone for loving Peri. Thank you to everyone for loving animals. I've written it before, and will continue to write this as long as I can: animals are some of the best teachers we've been given. It is up to us to listen to them, love them, cherish them, and respect them.