I had to use a coat hanger to reach the dead gerbil and pull him out
When I got home from work the other day, I smelled something terribly nasty coming from the ductwork system. It honestly smelled like something crawled in there and died. I went around to check the different HVAC vents and I finally found the HVAC vent that smelled the strongest. This HVAC vent was in our daughter’s room and it seemed that the HVAC vent wasn’t fully connected to the ductwork. Any critter could have gotten inside of there. When my daughter asked what was going on, I asked her if she didn’t smell that terrible smell coming from the ductwork. She said it smelled pretty bad, but she got used to it. Then she said maybe it was her gerbil that got in there and maybe died. She said it so casually like it wasn’t a big deal. I honestly didn’t even know that her gerbil was missing from the cage. Poor little guy probably ran out of food and certainly had nothing to drink, so he likely died in the ductwork system. I asked my daughter how long he was missing, and she said it had to be at least a month. I wish she would have told me this a lot sooner. I opened the HVAC vent all the way and shined my flashlight inside. I was able to see the dead gerbil and it did smell awful. I had to use a coat hanger to reach the dead gerbil and pull him out. I immediately put him in a trash bag and we threw him in the trash. I was kind of glad my daughter didn’t want an official funeral and burial for him.