I have some bad news. Sadly, my pet turtle Zippy has shuffled off her mortal coil, gone to the giant pond in the sky and met her maker. She is a former turtle. She's not just tired, she is deceased. I have no idea why--she was in perfect health (seemingly) and then she was dead. I clued in after she hadn't moved from her sunning rock in two days.
It is distressing to have a pet pass away with no warning--I feel like I've failed her as a care-giver. It makes me think about what right I have to even have pets, to think I have the right to keep an animal in captivity for my own comfort and amusement. I don't think I'll get another turtle. They are a lot of work and I'm just not sure I want to make that commitment again, but it's more than that--I no longer think it's morally right.
So long Zippy. I hope you're finally free.