I went out to feed
the ducks at 1:45 and found that Lilly had passed
away. She was sitting by her little pond. Piper was
standing over her, guarding her. When I picked her
up to move her to the gate, he followed me. When I
left to go find something to set her in, I came back
and found him standing over her again.
Look at her when
she came to us on May 24, 2008... she was just a
little baby who lost her sibling to pneumonia. She
had it too because her owners put her out on a pond
when she was too little.
And then came
Piper who was dropped off with his sibling a few
weeks later. His sibling died too from a predator
attack and then rescuers pulled him out of a drain
Here they are the
day they met on June 15, 2008... and they have been
together ever since. Until today...
Here they are on October 22, 2011... just
And here they are again November 8, 2011... napping
together... so peaceful and happy...
One moment here... the next, her spirit soared off
with the wind... Such fragile little darlings...
I called Jenn in TN. Only a few weeks ago, at the
start of November I told her I had a terrible
premonition that we were going to lose someone very
dear to us. I said it wasn't going to be
immediately, maybe not until the new year even, but
I felt it coming. So I've been fretting over Young Matthew and Young
Jeffrey... worried that it will be one of them. They are both showing their
age now that the cold has set in. I've been hugging
them and kissing them and taking advantage of every
minute I have with them... I'm so worried.
And now I find out, I had
the wrong ducks--and it came a lot sooner than
expected too. It was Lilly all along.
But I won't
stop snuggling my bo-boys anyway.
Phone just rang. Two female ducks rescued in CT.
Sanctuary life sure rests on the sharpest edge of a
razor. Well, I guess Mercy won't have to keep Piper
company for long. Looks like some new girlfriends
are about to arrive. But there's just no replacing
our little Piper-Doo's darling Lilly-Putt...