I was mining near Luna (Pacific) with my trusty bonded fire beetle. I "spawned" a blackrock elemental and so ran like crazy, leaving my fire beetle to fend for himself. Soooo . . . my fire beetle caught up to me, only instead of the usual orange color, he was a dark grey. I figured it would attack me (as do most infected animals) but he did not. He remains bonded to me, I can use him to smelt ore, but I can no longer ride him. I tried a few cure spells but am told that I can't cure something that is already dead. His health bar is red, but his name comes up yellow. I can still give him some commands, like stay, follow and such, but not protect or kill. Maybe this is old news to most of you , but its new to me and I haven't found any threads that mention a similar occurence. Any thoughts, ideas? Will it eventually die? ???