Geriatric Ducks : Miracle a Day Project
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Miracle a Day Project

Geriatric Ducks

by 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).

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