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Young Heroines

>> Wednesday, July 8, 2009

You've been reading about Tango, Annabelle, and Maddie. I want to switch gears and share a rescue story that my childhood friend, Linda, left in the comment section a few weeks ago. She titled her comment, "Young Heroines," and rightly so.

We'll get back to my guys later. On Saturday, I'm attending the rescue puppies reunion and you can be sure I'll have some handsome dog photos and a heartwarming story to share then! For now, read Linda's story and share the joy that Linda felt when she witnessed a wonderful rescue.

Linda wrote:

Today I witnessed a wonderful rescue of a mother duck and 3 baby ducklings. I was taking my usual evening walk near an apartment complex that has a stream running by. This year I've seen several mother ducks and their babies living near the stream. As I was walking by, I saw two young ladies with a big pool looked like they were trying to catch baby I asked them what was going on. It turns out the mother duck had a broken wing! They had a big plastic bin with a lid and had rescued the mother duck...their mother was going to take them to the Wildlife Center. Now they were trying to catch all eight baby ducklings to take with the mother. The plan was to return the mother and babies to the stream, once the mother was healed. The girls were using the pool net to guide the ducklings toward a wire cage they had propped between two rocks in the stream. One girl explained that they couldn't use the net to catch the ducklings because it would injure them. The girls were cousins and they worked together as a team. I was so impressed by their determination and inventiveness in trying to carefully trap the ducklings. They worked for at least an hour or more...jumping on rocks and getting into the stream at times. In the end, they caught three ducklings. It was getting late and their mother wanted them to stop because she wanted to get the mother duck to the Wildlife Center before it closed. A friend of mine who lives there, told us he thought the rest of the ducklings would be OK because they are about three weeks old. In previous years, he's seen ducklings left alone when their mother was killed...and he said they're usually able to manage. The cousins reminded me so much of Jan, my sister, our friend Ronnie, and myself when we were girls...and how much we cared about animals. It was wonderful to see young people who were learning about the natural world and doing their best to make the world a better place!

It is indeed wonderful to see young people learn about the natural world, Linda. Hopefully the cousins can share a friendship like ours. What a great childhood we had together. Loving relationships make for caring poeple who do make the world a better place.

Do you have a follow up to this rescue story? I'm sure we'd all like to know more!


Sandy July 8, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

Very nice story, and yes let's have a follow up. Does Linda have a blog? If so, be cool to add a link so we could visit her.


Jan Mader July 8, 2009 at 9:34 AM  

No, Linda doesn't have a blog. Just a huge heart and a bond with me that goes back more years than I can count.

Joan July 8, 2009 at 9:38 AM  

What a wonderful story. As I know, Linda (lucky me, she's my sister) has always rescued animals and people whenever they're in need. Jan and I are lucky to belong to the original group of 4, including our old friend Rhonda. Linda should start a blog about film.... and include the occassional animal story!

Joanie July 8, 2009 at 9:40 AM  

p.s. Jan - you should write about our kitten rescue last year! (Poor constipated little kittys...)

Anonymous July 8, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

Kudos to the cousins!
I always believed that if you can love and respect animals AND nature's way, you cannot be a bad person!

Ziggy Stardust July 8, 2009 at 7:19 PM  

What a beautiful story.

I am having so much fun at your writing blog Jan, adding comments to the story.


2cats July 8, 2009 at 7:57 PM  

That was so nice to see young people caring. So many times these days kids get all lumped together and are often called "bad". This is proof that not all are that way.

Tweedles -- that's me July 8, 2009 at 9:59 PM  

I love to hear about caring people, who love animals so much. The world needs more people like that! Wouldn't it be grand if everyone cared? Just think of the possibilities.
Twinkle twinkle little star
Up in the sky so high
Our wish tonight
is more people like these
and we will have
"no more homeless abondoned animals"

Jan Mader July 8, 2009 at 10:56 PM  

You just said a mouthful Tweedles!

I can't wait to go to the "puppy reunion" on Saturday night. Every single one of those puppies got a good loving home.

The world is full of kind people. Sadly, we hear more about the unkind ones.

Sandy July 9, 2009 at 7:50 AM  

Homeless animals, homeless people both very sad, but like you Jan I think the good outweights the bad. The nightly news just doesn't post the good.

Making some blog rounds this am, so popped back in


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