Rem: ~2004 to April 22, 2005
We first met Rem in October of last year, when she took part in a metabolic rate experiment in my lab. We noticed she was pregnant, and brought her home so she could give birth in peace. She quickly charmed us into making her a member of the family, spawning a long series of blog posts in the process.
Back in January Rem fell ill, but quickly recovered, and had been doing fine since then. Even the day before she died, Rem appeared healthy and attentive, and was chewing on the cage as usual.
I found Rem already dead, lying on her side in the bedding. There were no injuries, her fur was clean and well-groomed, and she was as plump as ever. I have no idea why she died.
Here's to the mouse who opened my eyes to mice, and who trusted us to handle her babies while she hunted for sunflower seeds in the egg-carton maze on our dining room table.