I haven't had this much worry in my heart since Tutter
fell ill last December. We welcomed two new guests on
Saturday. Goliath the goose and a duckling we have
temporarily dubbed "Lil Bo Peep."
Goliath is HUGE and GORGEOUS and friendly. I have made
some real strides in the last few days earning his
trust. He came about a foot away from me while I was
filling his kiddie pool yesterday. I was sitting down
and he came over and looked me right in the eyes with
those baby blues of his. He loves it when I mist him
with the hose. He splashes around in that pool and has a
blast! He and Mac call to each other and chat now and
then, but otherwise he is quiet and cozy in West Wing.
Lil Bo Peep passed through a few hands to get to us.
Sadly his/her sibling passed away before making it to
us. I'd feel better if they had made it here together.
Two ducklings are more secure because they have each
other. No such luck... Poor Lil Bo Peep cuddles up with
"her" little plush duck for comfort. By Saturday night I
noticed her breathing was a bit stressed. And then we
ran into the holiday weekend. Fortunately, she didn't
get any worse. And then on Tuesday morning she was
running a temp and panting. I rushed her to the vet
first thing and she's on antibiotics now. All day
yesterday I worried and fawned over her. She was so hot,
her skin was red beneath her fluff. Her bill was hot,
her feet were hot. Her whole body felt hot. I don't like
interfering too much with a fever--the regulatory
system, but I did put her in the tub about 5 times
yesterday and once in the sink. It seemed to really
relieve her. In the meantime, she had a blast playing in
the tub and has been eating and eating and eating! Which
is probably what saved her--her insatiable appetite.
Last night she had her 2nd dose of meds and her fever
began to break by about 8 o'clock p.m. I checked
on her all night and each time found that she was not
panting and resting very comfortably. She is still
running a slight temp today, but her skin is its normal
pink again and only her bill and feet are warm. Appetite
is still voracious and she is cheeping right now! So
Funny story is, Dr. Melgey came out of surgery to see
her real quick. I was handling something at the front
counter before joining him. I walk into the room and
he's holding this squiggly and wriggly little duckling,
trying to listen to her breathing with his stethoscope.
I laughed and said, "Does this make you miss Tutter?" We
all cracked up and we talked about how great it was that
Tutter went to his new home without even the slightest
limp--more than any of us could have hoped for.
Then, I went back to the front counter and they brought
out the meds. Liquid and pink (why the heck do animal
antibiotics come in cherry flavor? What animal
eats cherries? Shouldn't it be fish flavor?). I
look at Lee and I said: "I think I'd rather give a
pill to a goose. Something tells me we're going to have
a pink duckling by the end of the day. Anyone want to
come up and volunteer today? Anyone?"
In other news, it's kind of hard to see in this photo,
but Tony worked on the Aqua-Duck-T over
the weekend. Now that we have electricity and the new
super pump is working, he has been adding water
features. You can see the piping going around the
Courtyard pond. After circulating to all the other
ponds, it shoots back into the main pond. Lots more fun
things coming, like a shower in Abby's Goose Run and
running water features in some of our other pens too!
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