Dead gerbil in HVAC duct system

When I got home from work the other day, I smelled something nasty coming from the HVAC duct system.

It entirely smelled like something had crawled in there and died.

I went around to check the different HVAC vents and I finally found the HVAC vent that smelled the worst. This HVAC vent was in our daughter’s room and it seemed that the HVAC system wasn’t fully connected to the HVAC duct. Any animal could have gotten inside of there and died. When my child asked what was going on, I asked her if she didn’t smell that rancid smell coming from the HVAC duct, and she said it smelled pretty bad, but she had gotten used to it. Then she said it was her gerbil that got in there and died. She said it so casually like it wasn’t a big deal. I didn’t even think that her gerbil was gone from the cage, and the poor little thing really ran out of food and easily had nothing to drink, so she likely died in the HVAC duct system. I asked my child how long she was gone for, and she said it had to be at least a week. I wish she would have told myself and others this far 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 terrible. I had to use a coat hanger to reach the dead gerbil and pull him out. I quick;yput him in a trash tote and both of us threw him in the trash. I was kind of happy my child didn’t want the usual funeral and burial for him.

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