Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A sad note.........

Today is a sad day here. Iris the Ibis, fought the good fight, but lost her battle today and died. She hung in there, so we did as well, hoping all along that the little bits of 'gain' we were seeing meant she would survive, but with all the fluids and food we put down her, (enough for a bird 3X her size), it just wasn't enough.
We'll miss her and we know she's better off wherever she is at (hopefully Ibis heaven).

1 comment:

heidisue1960 said...

Oh, that is sad :( But I know you did everything you could. I hope she is in Ibis heaven too.

Feathered brothers and sisters, you came to us broken and as you bled…….we saw you desperate, dehydrated, desiccated, diseased, distressed, emaciated, famished, frayed, frightened, helpless, hungry, ragged, ravenous, shaken, shocked, shot, sickly, stressed, stunned, tattered, thirsty, traumatized, torn, weary and wounded. Defiantly, you stood us off with your last breath as we tried to tend to you. We saw you come in as cute, naked, fuzzy, cuddly youth, as mischievous, defiant adolescents, as fierce, regal rulers of the sky and as cunning, maimed elders whose time on earth was almost done. You endeared yourselves to us, bit us, charmed us, footed us, delighted us, hissed at us, talked to us, mantled at us, and graced us with your presence.

Some of you mended and were able to go on your way, never looking back. Some of you were injured in ways that prevented you from going, so you stayed with us to teach us…….And we came to love you. Others were too far gone, and you went home - where you fly free from pain with the Great One. All of you have touched us, and we are changed because of you.

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