I know that we've been praying very hard to be chosen to be parents. And I know that we didn't specify gender, age, or many other things. We even asked for as young as possible. I guess we never thought to specify species. And we are very grateful that you trust us with any of your creatures. But do you think that next time you choose us, it could be a human orphan?
Jon and Ann
Okay, so here's the story:
It's 4 am Sat. Jon rushes into the bedroom, where by the way I am sound asleep because I DO NOT work nights.
Ann, there's a dead baby duck in our garage, I need your help
huh, how did a baby duck get into our garage
I don't know, just come help
what do you need my help for, if it's dead, take care of it, by the way what day is it, do I need to go to work
It's Saturday..no, come help me
I don't want to help
the scene: a little tiny fluffy baby duck is laying in our garage on it's back!!
I don't think it's alive Jon
That's what I said
well get a rag and pick it up
OMG, it's not dead it's alive, it's just sleeping
I didn't know ducks sleep on their backs, Is it hurt
no, I don't think so
What do we do?
Find it's Mother
--so we proceed to look in our neighbors bushes with a flashlight at 4 am(where we knew there was a nest) meanwhile, big bad black cat is waiting nearby as little baby duck is chirping for it's Mommy. The nest was there, eggs hatched, no other baby ducks and NO Momma duck.
We can't leave it
What do we do?
Go get a shoebox
What do we do with it?
--so for the next hour we search on the Internet on what to do with this baby duck. We couldn't find Momma Duck and big black cat was just waiting for us to leave it in the yard. We put it in the shoebox and tried to sleep.
2 hours later, Jon couldn't sleep so he went down to the pond to try and find Momma duck. No Momma duck to be found, Momma Goose is out there, but no Momma duck. He looked high and low knowing she must be around there somewhere. But he couldn't find her. Little Jeeter(yes we named him) was pretty stressed, we couldn't get him to drink anything and he was starting to shiver despite the massive heat outside.
Anyhow, after many phone calls we found a wildlife rescue and "dropped" off little "Jeeter".
But they weren't there yet. So we had to go back to make sure he was going to be taken care of.
Isn't that just the sweetest thing. I told the lady there that I didn't know that ducks slept on their backs. Her response: they don't, that was a major stress sign. They were able to get him to take some water and she said she would keep in touch with us to let us know how he's doing. They'll rehab him, make sure he can find food on his own, then release him when he's old enough.
He was sooooo sweet. Jon would talk to him in a daffy duck voice and and he would go straight to him. Trust me when I say, that we almost had a new pet!!
Oh and today marks 15 months on the waiting list!!