I realized one of my gerbils had been mia for a bit. I thought that was odd then I looked inside his cage and found chewed up corpse. from what I've found via research gerbils generally eat the dead so I'm guessing it wasn't a murder? I'm confused though whenever my rats died it was peaceful their bodies just looking like they were sleeping. This gerbil is not sleeping and he doesn't look it at all. maybe that's cause he's chewed but I found him under his wheel and I'm wondering what happened. His body almost looks as though the wheel crushed it. I don't know his age I rescued him from an abusive home. but I've had him over a year so maybe it's old age?? Does anyone know with gerbils what do I do with the body? I live in an apartment now I can't dig a hole in the backyard. I don't understand why he looks so miserable almost like his gerbil buddy killed him... but they've been together for their whole lives why would they suddenly turn on each other? maybe it just looks gruesome cause he's partly chewed. any thoughts?