It is with much sadness & regret that I have to report the tragic death of a much loved family member. Christened Molly Isobel Sparkle on 01/01/06 he was brave to the end, his life although short was a colourful one. He shared his one bed gaff with his lover Patrick Colin Tractor (also christened 01/01/06). Whilst many may have heaped scorn on their same sex relationship, we just accepted them for who they were. Molly struggled with his transgender issues and with his lack of female genitalia so did Pat, dispite their obvious love for each other it wasn't enough to save Molly. He couldn't take the rejection from the Vets when he requested a gender reasignment (apparently it isn't a common practice in guinea pigs as it is in soldiers), it was the final straw.......... I awoke at 0600hrs this morning to the screams of my 4 year old child, Molly was dead, he'd hanged himself......... By the time I'd got to his cage a crowd had already started to gather, I pushed my way through to get a look........ I ushered the grief ghouls away, got him down, out my BCDT book and assessed the sitiuation............he was dead. I gave him a medical poke with a pencil to confirm my diagnosis...............yep dead. A sad waste of a promising young life except for the love we gave where was the support for him? His funeral is scheduled for 1300hrs, you are all invited to join me in a minutes silence. Thank you.