Gumby was born in 1997, not sure of what month. My daughter rescued her from a boy who wasnít taking good of her. My daughter took fantastic care of her. Gumby thrived. In 2006 I became Gumbyís Mom because my daughter had her first child. And we figured iíd Have more time for the Gumster. Our family, which included Gumby of course, moved a few times. We moved from Mississippi to Colorado to North Carolina. Gumby moved like a champ. Over the years she had a few health issues. Like when she ate banana and got constipated. Spent night at vet, with IV fluids and in tub of warm water. It worked, she pooped. Years later when I was on a trip, pet sitter accidentally closed last 4 inches of her tail in door. To vet, for amputation of those 4 inches. She went from being 5 feet tall to a meer 4 feet 8 inches. Again handled it like a champ. She was always a great eater. Collards, turnip greens, mustard greens, all kinds of fruits (but no bananas)and veggies. Always good lighting- day & night. She did develop an abscess in her thigh that required surgery twice. The surgery went perfectly both times. Second surgery she was 19 years old and still looking great. Oh- she was a great communicator. Always bobbing her head. We had lots of conversations. I confided in her a lot!! She was a great listener. A couple of months ago I noticed she was sleeping more than usual. And starting to lose muscle tone. I figured it was related to age, after all she was 21 by now. Just like an old person, she was showing same signs of aging. She only ate 1/2 of her breakfast last Friday, 1/2 of her dinner that night. Saturday and Sunday didnít eat. Monday we went to vet. Vet confirmed my fearsó she was getting close to the end of her life. Since Monday I gave her fluids with a syringe and spent a lot of time with her. Me talking a lot. Remembering all out head bobbing conversations. Now as I write this, I canít stop crying. She passed away a little while ago. I am devastated. Who would think you could have such a close bond and love a reptile. She really was a good friend. Tomorrow I will take her to be cremated. I will keep her forever. I will miss her. Good Bye My Beautiful Green Gumby.