I know this may sound really weird, or maybe not. I was chatting with a guy at work today, about my ig dying last night, and he shared this strange story with me. (well miracle)
A buddy of his had an iguana when it got out. They lost it, and it apparantly was up in a tree all night/couple nights, and when they found it....it was frozen solid. They brought it to the vet, thinking it was dead anyway, but they said it was still alive! They warmed the ig up, and he came back, healthy as can be!!!
What a story! Miracle I think. Anyone heard of that?
I have heard of several non-tropical animals surviving very low temps for long periods of time. I think I heard it was something with the metabolism slowing so much.
Humans who fall through ice and stay under for a long time fair much better than those who go under warm water for a long time. I girl in my home town got trapped under by a small hydro-electric dam a few summers ago and is now in a permanent vegetative state but I know of guys who broke through ice and stayed under twice as long that suffered no real long term damage. I wonder if this ig is displaying the same kind of phenomena.
Has anyone seen "Vanilla Sky"? I don't know why I just thought of that.
We had similar problems with Bailey before we started moving him inside for the winter. Instead of sleeping in his nice, warm bed... he would climb into the water and sleep there. One morning we found him underwater and cold as ice. Completely unresponsive. Stiff as a board.
Panic and tears set in, and my hubby and I rushed him upstairs to the bathroom, our hearts breaking. We ran a lukewarm bath and placed him in it. At first, there was no reaction at all and we were bawling like babies... but unwilling to give up. Kinda like those people you see in hospital dramas who won't stop CPR though the subject is clearly gone.
About fifteen minutes later, Bailey's back legs started twitching and spasming like he'd been given electroshock. Over the course of the next few minutes, his whole body began to shake and shudder... then he heaved a huge breath and opened his eyes.
We slowly increased the temperature of the water, and stayed with him until he seemed fully recovered. Then we wrapped him in a towel and cuddled and snuggled and loved on him something fierce. He hasn't spent another winter outside since that.