Despite earlier reports that Sampson was doing well, things took a turn for the worst over the last day and a half. He developed several blisters on his right wing and yesterday we noticed a small hole in his left wing. Additionally, skin on parts of his wings had also begun to slough off, he stopped eating, and he eventually appeared to be having respiratory problems. Because he started to go downhill so quickly, Ambre and I do not not believe that we did anything to bring about his demise. Sampson passed on into the the great beyond at approximately 8:57 this morning, surrounded by his two adoptive mothers and Waddles, his stuffed penguin. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to know him over the past six days and will remember him fondly. Memorial services will be held in the early evening. Candle in the Wind by Elton John will be played as a tribute and after a few kind words are said, he will be laid to rest near the cave. Please observe a moment of silence in Sampson's honor. Also, enjoy this picture; it was taken on the day we found him, after trying to put him back in the cave.