Geriatric Ducksby Susan Fay on 10/07/16
Several months ago, one of our eleven year-old Indian Runner ducks became very ill. We took Coco to Dr. Marli Lintner at The Avian Medical Center. There, we learned that Coco had a fist-size cluster of ovarian cysts and that one of her eggs had gone sideways, puncturing into her abdomen. She also had a lot of fluid on her liver. Dr. Lintner skillfully straightened out Coco's inner workings and we took care of the post-surgery and recovery aftercare. Today, Coco is a thriving, happy gal and Blue and Es are elated to have her company (never, never, never let anyone tell you that ducks don't form strong bonds. The feeling I get when I watch this trio is priceless. Really. One of my favorite authors, Jon Katz, says it best: "There is something magical about saving the life of a living thing, if you can do it. It is an affirmation of life itself, a bow to humanity, connection in a time of fragmentation, an affirmation. We can't do much, but maybe we can do this, and that makes it a sweet little miracle."
Our "geriatric" Indian Runner ducks from left to right: Esmerelda (age 13), Blue (age 11), and Coco (age 11).