One of them had the skinnest tail I have ever seen, and its face was all crooked, suggesting osteodystrophy, and metabolic bone disease, in result of a poor diet and not enough calcium.
Left: Extremely skinny leopard gecko baby Right: A healthy one
We, of course, told the owner of the store about this poor gecko baby, and how it probably would die within a few weeks if not cared for properly. We decided not to leave until something was done to help this reptile, and the owner finally removed the sick animal from the cage to take "extra care of it".
One week later (yesterday), we went back to the store to check on the poor gecko, and guess what - the owner had put it back in with its siblings without doing a damn thing to help it!
This poor baby is an extreme case of MBD
(this is not the gecko in the store)
I got really upset and told Mads we should force him to give the baby leopard gecko to us, because we at least have the heart to take proper care of it to make it survive. If it develops a severe case of MBD, it will die a painful death, unable to walk and too weak to eat.
Since the owner probably wouldn't agree to give up the baby, we told one of the staff about the sick lizard, and she immediately had people help her move the two bigger siblings to another terrarium (so there won't be any competition for the food), and put in a food dish, with mealworms dusted in calcium and vitamins, plus added a big piece of calcium in the terrarium.
It felt good knowing that some people cared (although they should have done this without us telling them to). We will go back next week to check on the poor thing, and its not so healthy sibling. If they don't look any better, we should either tell them to give us the leopard gecko baby/babies until they are strong and healthy, or we should report the store, because this is animal cruelty!