Elijah has been having a
great deal of trouble with his legs. He has
always had issues, since being abandoned and
traversing the rocky shores of Spaulding Pond to
avoid predation. He was one of our first rescues
in the Fall of 2004 and most likely a spring
He was adopted out to the
most wonderful family, but while there he was
attacked by a raccoon who killed their duck
Lucy. The family spared no expense in his
surgery and it is because of them that he is
still with us today. But they brought him back
here to be nursed through his wounds and to be
around other ducks during his recovery. Elijah
was very lucky in that one of the bites just
missed his eye, but he does have a permanent
wink as a result, which earned him the nickname
Elijah's leg troubles began
here, but he had been strong for a couple years
here before the progressive arthritis settled in
last Fall. And with him being such a big
Fluff-o-nutter it isn't easy work for his
legs to hold him up for very long.
Elijah would walk for a bit
and then plop down and rest. He spends more time
relaxing than walking and lots of time swimming.
And too much down time can lead to infection.
All ducks get little cuts in their feet as they
walk around and do ducky stuff, but when
bacteria gets into these little cuts, well...
that's when trouble begins. Since Elijah spends
so much time sitting in one place, he is at risk
of infection and sure enough, it settled into
one of his toes.
Elijah went in for a
culture that determined he has a bacterial
infection and his medications have not been
effective as of yet. His meds have been making
him sick though. Elijah is normally a sparkling
white duck, but he is not preening right since
starting his meds, which tells us his belly
hurts. After 2 weeks of meds not working, we are
switching prescriptions today. He will go back
for another culture in a week to see if we have
cleared up this mess.
We know Elijah will not be
able to walk soon, but as long as we can keep
him swimming, we know he will be happy here. It
is so hard to be facing these issues after just
letting go of Glory. We can clearly see his
future as we look into that squinty and happy
This guy is just such a
sweetheart. He doesn't fight with anyone. And he
absolutely adores Jezebel, his true love.
I hope the new meds work
and clear up this mess, so he can stay with us a
while longer. This guy means the world to me...
"Squints" Fluff-O-Nutter ... Our Majestic King
Jezebel... True Love...