Sad Greetings from Palmia Observatory,
Astronomer Assistant Willow has been part of the observatory staff for about 17 years and passed away today.
|Astronomer Assistant Willow (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
Willow was a dedicated assistant to the observatory staff and greeted all of us as we performed our duties and observations. No matter how the day went, Willow was always of good cheer and always greeted us with affection. While she rejected everyone of Astronomer Assistant Ruby's attempts to get her to play, she did allow Ruby to sleep on the same couch with her.
Here she displays her playful nature as we turn her over and rub her tummy.
|Astronomer Assistant Willow enjoys a tummy rub (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
Willow had been sick and would not eat for over a week. She was not just tired of her food but suffered from some malady, maybe kidney failure. We waited for her to get better, but she refused to eat anything and drank water only reluctantly. We finally decided after an examination and discussion with the vet that she would have to be put down.
Here Resident Astronomer Peggy says her final goodbye to Willow at the veterinary hospital.
|Resident Astronomer Peggy says her final goodbye to Willow (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
We had just recently, a couple of months ago, commissioned a Ukrainian artist, Victoria, to make a 3-dimensional portrait of Willow. Based on photographs of Willow, the portrait is made of colored felt and her long tail hangs out of the picture frame. At least we have this 3-D portrait to remember Willow.
|3-dimension portrait of Willow (Source: Palmia Observatory)|
We will miss you Willow!
Until next time,