We can count on one hand the number of ducks
we have lost during their stay here at Majestic over the
years. We euthanized a new
rescue Daphnee whose x-ray revealed she had dislocated hips
and knees as well as a needle in her intestine. There was
the night we lost Joven unexpectedly and of natural causes (as confirmed by
necropsy). And this week, we had to say
good-bye to our beautiful Glory.
Glory came to us at eight years old
along with her best friend Miri in January of 2007. Both girls had been left
behind when their original owners moved away. Neighbors
feeling for their plight took them in. After years in their care, the
girls needed a
new home, and we welcomed them both here, and for the first
time in their lives, they were adorned with names.
Although Glory's knee joints were
damaged from a systemic infection that went unchecked before
coming to us, she still had the heart and determination to
walk. She had a fire in her soul, and she would accept
nothing less from herself than to keep up with the others
and do what they were doing, and with no help from us,
thank you very much. She was the "Little duck who
could." So strong, so determined. She was truly handicapable.
The Courtyard pond
Glory was featured in the Humane
Society's national magazine: All Animals this Spring.
Walking on her own and even giving us a hug of gratitude.
Sadly in recent months, Glory lost
a great deal of her mobility. We began carrying her to her
hay nest beneath a shade tree, with plenty of food and water
in easy reach and easy access to the gradient slope of
The Courtyard's pond. She enjoyed swimming and could
move from water to nest without difficulty.
And then overnight, she lost the
ability to walk. A day later things progressed and she
lost full movement in her legs and was no longer able to
swim either. She was clearly uncomfortable and it broke our
hearts to see her in any pain. Even worse, the fire in her
eyes that longed to swim and forage with the other ducks
soon doused with frustration and sadness.
We looked into Glory's longing eyes and held
her on our laps. Glory has always been self-protective and too independent
for holding, and the fact that she sat limply in our
arms was another sign that she was ready to move on. She was
clearly ready to be whole again.
As beautiful as Glory was, we were
never able to find a new home for her and her best friend
Miri. Before letting her go, we officially adopted and retired Glory
into our sanctuary and added her to our
Adopted pages. She was able to leave this world in peace,
knowing she had found her permanent and loving home with her
new family, and it had been here with us all along.
In the end, we gave Glory and Miri
their own private pen, to give them as much time as we could
together before bringing Glory to the vet to ease her
through her transition to the other side.
We held Glory in our arms as our vet
gave her the injection and watched her fall peacefully asleep. She was not alone, and she never will be.
She will always be remembered in our hearts as The Little
Duck Who Could.
Glory August 4th, 2008 ... Good-bye sweet girl...
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