I am so sad right now, our gerbil, Nella, whom we have had for 3 years has passed away. I guess 3 years is good for a gerbil, she was such a great pet too. Always on the move, eating, running, building and re-arranging her habitat. I always used to laugh at how she would change things around according to the weather. My little guy doesn't know yet, he is at school. He is going to be absolutely heartbroken. He loves animals so much, he cries if one on TV dies. I can't imagine how he is going to feel about this. I mean, if I am crying, how is he going to deal with it? I dread telling him. Any advice on how to break the news to him? She is lieing in her tank and just looks like she is sleeping. I knew there was something not right about her the last couple of days, she just wasn't being herself. The other day when I filled her bowl up with food-she usually runs right over and buries it and she barely even touched it. Oh Nella, thank you for the last 3 years, we loved you!