Wednesday, July 13, 2011

R.I.P. Quackie

All our knowledge merely helps us to die a more painful death than animals that know nothing. ~Maurice Maeterlinck

Sad news ...

Three days ago, I drove past the duck pond, and saw a pile of loose, white feathers. I *hoped* that didn't mean what I thought it meant and tried to count ducks, but none were there (the past few weeks, there have been three white ducks and about five male Mallards).

The next day, I drove past. Counted. Two white ducks.

Now, Quackie was odd duck out in the white duck flock. The two that came are clearly mated, and they'd hang out, while Quackie stayed a few feet away at all times. The two ducks I saw were stuck like glue.

Sometimes Quackie hides in the water plants though. So I hoped.

The next day I drove past. Counted. Two white ducks and a handful of Mallards.

Sadly, I believe I must report that Quackie was nabbed by a predator of some sort. Breaks my heart -- he made it two years all alone at the pond, and now that he finally had a flock of sorts ... gone.

At least he had friends around him for several weeks before he was taken. He had some happiness before he died. I hope his death was quick and painless and that he's with his mate (who was taken two years ago) in duck heaven.

Nature is a cruel mistress. Beautiful, but merciless.

R.I.P. Quackie. I'll miss you.


You Are a Lion

You're very self-reliant and apt to do your own thing. You know what you want out of life.

You are a total visionary. You have your own idea about utopia, as impractical as it may be.

You have sharp senses and a heightened awareness. Very little escapes your notice.

Decision making is easy for you. You have a spot on intuition that's been with you your whole life.

That's about right....



Sarita said...

I am sorry to hear this.

Dru said...

That just makes me sad. I hope he is in duckie heaven too.

You Are a Giraffe

You roll with the punches. You try to keep things light and breezy.

You have deep and profound relationships. You foster closeness and openness with people.

You are accommodating and helpful. You seek harmony and middle ground with others.

You are unpretentious and very real. You can't help but be yourself.

It's moderately accurate.

Have a great Tuesday and I hope your days and week are better.

Dru said... is Wednesday..I'm so off.

Maria Zannini said...

No! Not Quackie. Poor little guy.

Angelina Rain said...

Oh no! Poor Quackie. He will be missed.

Brandy said...

Oh, no! Poor Quackie! I hope he has a whole flock and his mate to make him happy in Heaven.

You are a Zebra:
People gravitate toward you. You are usually the happiest person in the room.
You are a unifying force. You bring people together from many different walks of life.
You are a joy to be around, and people love you for being exactly who you are.
You are totally comfortable with where you are in life. You accept yourself and your life circumstances.

I like this one. *G*

I hope you're having a good day.

Vonnie Alto said...

Hi Terri,

I'm catching up with your blog tour. This one here is my favorite of all. I absolutely adore Blueberry the dog. What an exquisite animal! And with a sense of humor. You're so lucky to have him.