Animal Friends- December 2021

Over the years, we’ve had the unique opportunity to witness our animal friends developing strong bonds and relationships with each other. The friendships formed here at the sanctuary are unique to each animal and often aid in their recovery from abuse and neglect.

We hope their stories of friendship will inspire you and show that our animal friends can and do recover from past trauma and abuse with the help of each other.

As a place of healing, our greatest hope is that the animals can live life on their terms with no expectations or pressures from us. Here are their stories.

December is here, and the animals at the sanctuary are starting to hunker down for Winter. Everyone slows down this time of year because of the constant rain, except for the ducks. This is their season, and their time to shine! They love water and that includes rain and even snow.

The video above shows Ruthie and her friends enjoying the snow after a storm this past January. They have an automatic door that opens in the morning and they all rush out to chest deep snow. Today’s story though is all about the two white ducks you see at the end of the video: Pedro and Anastasia.

Have you ever heard the expression “bird brain”? Many people think birds are incapable of emotions or simply that birds are not smart. Pedro and Anastasia are here to prove that’s not quite true and love conquers all even for waterfowl.

Pedro is deeply devoted to Anastasia. He spends each day following her wherever she goes, builds her nest, stands guard when she lays her eggs, and makes sure to let her know when he finds good snacks.

Last Spring, Anastasia needed to visit the vet, so we loaded her in a crate, and off she went to our Avian vet for a few hours.

Pedro was visibly upset and paced the entire time she was gone.

Anastasia finally returned a few hours later with the antibiotics that she needed. We opened the crate to let her out, and as soon as she stepped out, she quacked. Pedro, just a few hundred feet away, recognized that quack, and he turned and ran to her.

It was a scene straight out of a romantic comedy. Anastasia loved every minute of it, and together they waddled back to the pond, side by side. I’m sure they would argue there is no such thing as a bird brain, and we happen to agree.

Pedro and Anastasia were found dumped in a pond at a local military base in 2020. A young girl was taking care of them until she could catch them with her mom. And they came to the sanctuary.

Pedro and Anastasia would have been killed if they had stayed at that pond. They are both Pekin ducks with tiny wings. They are bred to be very heavy, so they can’t fly or get away from predators.

We hope that telling their stories creates a more compassionate world for ducks.

With Compassion,

Hope Hilman
Director of Operations

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