Pocki-Pocki was one of the four ducklings that almost failed to see the light of day if not for Gaga’s timely intervention. Their duck parents apparently abandoned them since their other healthy duck-siblings are already up on their webbed feet.
Gaga, our energetic housekeeper, took the unhatched eggs out of the already empty nest. She assisted their births by cracking open the shells. She then placed them in a makeshift duck-ICU which is just a small cage whose previous occupants were broiler chickens.
She said that Pocki-Pocki had strong chances of survival because he was almost out of his shell even before she intervened. And compared to his other ICU-duckmates, Pocki-Pocki has already developed fluffy, bright yellow feathers. We are very hopeful that he and all the other ICU-ducklings could finally join the duck flock in a few days.
However, yesterday morning, I woke with up the sad news that all the ICU-ducklings did not make it. Gaga said that it was the heat from the incandescent bulb that aggravated their unstable conditions. I guess we could never be duck-doctors overnight. We can only do so much for the ICU-ducklings. Nature has its own way of running things.
Evolution could not wait for the weak and the helpless. But Pocki-Pocki tried its best to survive no matter what. I certainly wish that I will have his determination for this year. Although 2007 was a great year for me, it would have been greater if I did not give up some opportunities along the way – unpublished blog entries, unfinished book readings and my uncompleted graduate degree.
On a brighter note, we have ten other ducklings for 2008. But I could not monitor their daily struggles to real world problems – rats and cats just to name a few. I just wish that they knew about Pocki-Pocki, their other brother-duckling who gave a good fight until the end.