Yep, you heard me correctly. My donkey found a duck. Sweetie Pie the donkey was hot on the trail of a little brown duck. And this is how it all started …
It was a Wednesday morning, and I distinctly remember because I was busily gathering up the trash to drive it down the driveway for pick-up. (Yes, driving the trash down the driveway is the norm – either in the tractor bucket or piled in the back of the little Jeep. Either way – carrying it is not an option in the country. Heck, we’re lucky we have trash service at all.) And as usual, I was in a hurry, when I happened to notice that Sweetie Pie was dead focused on something in the pasture.
For those of you who have a donkey, you know that they are experts at spotting things, and when they are seriously paying attention to something, it’s usually worth checking out. You can imagine my surprise when I rolled up to find Sweetie Pie nose to beak with a brown duck. Keep in mind, our farm doesn’t have pond or a lake, so a random duck in the middle of the pasture was quite a shock. The good news – the duck was alive and alert but not making any attempts to make a break for it.
My save-the-animals instinct kicked in, and I dashed into the barn to grab a cat kennel to collect the duck (yes I said cat kennel – in my mind it was the right size). My second germ-a-phobe instinct kicked in, and I decided to grab a pair of latex gloves, which happened to be blue, just in case the duck “had something.”
Back into the pasture I went cat kennel and gloves in hand, Sweetie Pie standing guard and thankfully not stomping or attacking. As I went to grab the duck, Mr. Duck found his inner duck self and wings and began flapping like mad and running as best he could through the pasture. Clearly Mr. Duck was injured but not enough to make this is an easy catch. So off I went running after the duck, blue-gloved hands waving, yelling behind me at Sweetie Pie to stay away. Oh what a farmtastic site!
Well after much fussing, Mr. Duck made it safely into the cat kennel, where the dogs and cats all checked him out with faces that pleaded, “Please mom, let’s not keep another critter.” So I loaded Mr. Duck up into the Jeep and drove him off to our local small animal vet, who was kind enough to take him in and nurse him back to health. Mr. Duck was released into a local pond and has yet to be back in the pasture. Sweetie Pie continues to keep watch.