LETTER OF THE WEEK
Birds certainly do teach the cycle of life and death, Ian Henschke ( SAWeekend, November 21-22). We had chicks and ducklings when we moved to our hobby farm but I struggled with the death end of the cycle.
The chicks were well behaved, but the ducklings were rebellious and adventurous. They wanted to see the world so fled the coop. The mother frantically quacked commands but they didn’t listen.
The dog killed a few and the cats a few more. Then our calf licked one, flat. I was devastated and took the last three into the house.
One was a bully, pushing the others into the water bowl. I took turns taking them to the warmth of our bed. But the bully went too far ... then there was one.
He swam happily in warm water in the sink. I dried him and put him under the heat lamp but an hour later, he died. I was mortified. I’d killed the last of 14. The moral? Listen to your mother...
Julie Cahill Victor Harbor