Princess in Waiting
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Central FL - beside the Mouse
I'm really sorry that you had this experience. I know from my days as a rehabber how heartbreaking it can be.
What was the cause? My first thought as I read was low blood sugar (in which case you would take him in and warm him up and give him a little Karo clear syrup or something similar). I'm glad you stood your ground and watched for a while. Momma duck knew that there was something wrong with this baby. That's why she swam off without him.
It's amazing how God builds this device into animals. Most of the wildlife I got was something that the mother had abandoned and it would turn out that there was something wrong with the little guy because inevitably as long and hard as I would try they wouldn't make it. Mere woman cannot undue what Mother Nature has built in!
When he got under the bush and starting holding his head to the side sounds as though he was starting to have neurological problems, and the seizures that followed that go along with that thinking. The problems walking also fit under this heading.
Chrissy, you did eveyrthing you could for that little fellow. Don't beat yourself up over him, but feel free to grieve. I know how your heart feels right now - been there, done that with dozens of animals. And don't stop caring. If you close your heart to the animals you'll make yourself miserable.
Any more questions? I'll try to help.
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