arrived at our sanctuary
in September of 2008. He was infested with lice, had dual
eye infections, an injured left eye and a very serious limp
caused by a damaged left knee joint.
Under the guidance of our vet, Benny was
cleared of all parasites and infection. His eyes were completely mended and he
could see perfectly. He did have one bad knee and a severe limp, but he grew
much stronger and spent the next two-and-a-half years walking happily through
our sanctuary as one of our beloved retirees. He could get any place in his
pen, he just needed a little more time to do it.
Benny was a very friendly boy who loved to
swim and spend his days with the hens. His will was unmatched and if Benny wanted
something, Benny got it, which also meant if Benny didn't want something, he
would have no part of it. His actions and quacking would clearly state: "I
don't wanna!" And that was the joy of Benny!
After a couple years in our sanctuary Benny
slowly began to lose his mobility on land, but he still swam the day away!
But then... in his last
month with us, he lost the last of his mobility. His bad leg not
only confined him on land, but took away his desire to swim
anymore... and then his appetite faded away as well. Medications
kept him comfortable in his final days with us and then we
brought him into our vet on August 2, 2011 and we held him in
our arms while he gently let go of this world in light of the
other. And that's where Benny waddles today--without any
reminders of the limp he once had.
Benny's ashes have come back to our sanctuary where he will
rest in peace forever.