November 23, 2013
Today was a rough day...
This morning we received a phone call
about a wild Mallard who had been shot and was in a
retired Norwich police officer's yard. We aren't
certified to handle wild ducks, but a friend called in a
favor, so I rushed out to get him and bring him to our
Two of the pellets in him didn't hit
anything vital, but one was just outside of his heart.
He stayed with the vet for a few hours under observation
(and sedated) and then I went to pick him up and bring
him home. I set him up in a pet carrier in our sun room
where it was nice and quiet.
I talked with a couple of certified
wildlife rehabbers who were willing to take him, but
they agreed with me that I should hold him for a day or
two because the stress of moving him again might do him
more harm than good.
Sadly... Little Warren passed away
around 7 p.m. I'm glad that he was safe and sedated and
not in pain, but broken hearted to have lost him after
so much effort.
And do you know... when I asked the
police officer if he'd like to make a donation to help
with Warren's $250 vet bill... not a penny...
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