Glory came to us at eight years old along with her
best friend Miri. Both girls had been left behind when their
owners moved and neighbors took them to protect them. But
after years in their care, they needed a new home and we
welcomed them both here.
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 handicapable.
As beautiful as she was, we were unable to find a new home
for Glory, and we insisted that she and Miri stay together
because they loved each other so much.
And then overnight, Glory lost the ability to walk, and a
day later it progressed and she lost full movement in
her legs and was no longer able to swim. 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 eyes and held her on our laps. Glory
has always been too independent to want to be held, 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
We officially adopted and retired Glory to our sanctuary on
August 4th, 2008 after having her here in our care for just
year and a half. Now she could leave this world having found
her permanent and loving home.
We held her in our arms as our vet gently lulled her into a
peaceful sleep. She was not alone and she was loved by her
Glory was cremated and her ashes were returned and buried
under her favorite shade tree, beside her nest of fresh hay, so she can
forever rest in peace at the sanctuary.
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