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Letter: Please be aware of nature when driving

Posted: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

It was Wednesday, exactly 9:11 a.m. On my way to my workout on Lyons Avenue, as I exited the Vista Village parking lot on Tournament Road, there to my utter horror, lying in the middle of the road, was a pregnant female duck with her one small egg protruding from her now-lifeless body, while her husband was frantically squawking and walking around her to wake her up.

Why didn’t the person who hit her stop? I continually ask myself the same question — trying not to be angry, and write something in anger, but — I screamed “NO” because we have a wildlife habitat backyard, and the ducks had been coming daily to search the grass for dropped seeds.

As I ran into the middle of the street, a kind gentleman did the same from the other side.

He gently picked her up while I tried to flag the racing cars to a slow while he crossed to the condos on Tournament Road. One lady shook her fist at me, one elderly gentleman slowed, but kept on going. What?

I gave the wonderfully kind gentleman Clorox wipes I keep for my golden retriever therapy dog because of the germs ducks carry. At that time, I was already late for my workout, yet I had stopped anyway.

The gentleman said I needed to compose myself, because I was literally shaking from the cold and anger.

“All I ask is for a big hug,” I said.

He politely obliged as I said, “God bless you,” and we parted.

But before we left, seven male ducks encircled her body while her husband stood on the inside of the ring pecking at her to “wake up.” Only one female stood on the outside of the ring in compassion for a lost girlfriend.

What a gifted sight.

Take care of God’s creatures, please.


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