Thursday, October 4, 2012

Like A Duck To Water, Literally

"Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind's capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don't; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us. Animals are so easily overlooked, their interests so easily brushed aside. Whenever we humans enter their world, from our farms to the local animal shelter to the African savanna, we enter as lords of the earth bearing strange powers of terror and mercy alike."
- Matthew Scully -

The ducks featured in the video below had been living for years with a hoarder who had kept them in pens without adequate access to water and who had deprived them of proper nutrition. The  Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary rescued them from their dire living conditions and gave them a new lease on life.

Watch as they enjoy swimming in the water for the first time in their lives.



Happy endings for animals that were abused or neglected always warm my heart. Thanks to caring individuals, these little creatures are now enjoying a clean environment, room to roam, sunshine on their feathers and water to swim in.

(Read the full story here: Rescue: Over 100 Neglected Birds from Hoarding Case)

Incidentally, today is World Animal Day, a day for remembering and paying tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them. October 4 was chosen as the celebratory date because it is the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. World Animal Day is celebrated throughout the world in different ways, and is a reminder to all of us that we should be kind to animals. Have a great day, everyone.

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    1. I know...it really got to me, too, when I read it.

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  2. I sharedf your video on Facebook, Martha. What a happy ending to a grim story. Thanks so much for posting it!!

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    1. I'm just so glad that it was a happy ending. These little ducks just seem to content now.

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  3. What a wonderful outcome for these poor animals! I love when they went down the little waterfall! Of course they were a little afraid at first, but, Wow, it was a duck party after that!

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    1. I know...that scene is so adorable! I'm s thrilled that it all ended so well.

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  4. Crave Cute recommended we visit your blog for this post and we're so glad we did. This is just beautiful and wondering and inspiring and honors the work we do at See Beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    P.S. So happy to be a new follower too! :)

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    1. Thank you, and welcome! I'm always so happy to meet new people. I will definitely check out your blog!

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  5. And I hope the person who mistreated them is put in a pen with inadequate access to water and nutrition. Really neat to see them take their first swim.

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    1. I hope so, too. Humans can be so damn cruel. I'm just glad the story has a happy ending.

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