Friday, June 25, 2010

Goodbye Sweet Adelaide

Rachael's female bearded dragon, Adelaide, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday. She was six and a half years old and the star of Rachael's education program.

Kids who attended Rachael's Critter Education classes would pet Adelaide's scaly back and fall in love with her. I believe she would stand out in their minds long after the class was over, perhaps influencing their choice of a pet in the future. I believe Adelaide would also make the kids understand that all animals matter, not just the cute and furry ones. An important lesson that Adelaide taught so well.

I'm holding Sydney -- Rachael is holding Adelaide, December 2008

Adelaide charmed not only children -- anyone who ever saw this plump and pretty girl flirt with Rachael's male beardie, Sydney, by waiving her little legs seductively, in slow motion, would not be able to resist her. She was simply adorable and much loved by all of us who knew her.

Rachael and Holly I am so sorry for your loss.

Goodbye, sweet Adelaide and thank you for all you taught me about lizards. I will never forget you.


  1. So sorry to hear that. She was a great teaching tool for everyone. Condolences to Rachael.

  2. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this. Rachael has got to be heartbroken. And, what a loss for her education program. Bon Voyage, Adelaide. You left good lessons behind on this earth, and that is more than many do.

  3. A very sad passing indeed. :(
    Sweet Adelaide taught everyone that reptiles are loving, very cool animals.
    Goodbye Adelaide.

  4. I am so sorry to hear about Adelaide:(( The post about her being rescued by Rachel was the first post I ever read on your blog....pass my sympathies to Rachel.

  5. Sorry to hear about Adelaide's passing. She really was a great embassador for all the " not furry" critters that matter. And yes she was cute too.

  6. Thanks for this, Inger. Adelaide sounds like she was quite the character. I appreciate lizards a lot more now.

  7. Thanks so much for caring. Isn't it interesting that lizards have personalities we can relate to? Just think of all the wild critters out there with there own little thing going on. I just found out that Adelaide had a kidney tumor that caused her renal artery to burst. So she died from the internal bleeding.

  8. Hi Inger - I finally got caught up on your blog (as you know the last few days have been a little crazy!). Thank You to you & all of your followers for their kind words. Adelaide was a true treasure and it was my privilege & honor to have been her mom. As you mentioned, her necropsy by the vet revealed that her death could not have been prevented. That was such a relief to me, as I would have always wondered 'what if.' I know how much you loved her, too, & your dedication to her was lovely. While hiking yesterday, a little white butterfly kept flying around me - for almost the entire 3 hour hike! I feel it was a sign from Heaven that Adelaide is safe & protected. Much Love to you & yours.


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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