Have your heard the one about the one-legged duck? No, this is not a joke. Rather, it’s a story of how a duck survived a fox attack — but lost a leg as a result — may soon find herself with a brand new limb, thanks to an outpouring of support from people around the state.
It all began last week when Loni Hamner, who runs Hamner Homestead in Gardner with her husband Bryan, got word of a Buff Orpington hen and a female Mallard duck who needed immediate rehoming.
A lover of feathered critters, Hamner decided two more birds would not make a huge difference in her homestead’s established small mixed flock of hens and ducks. So off she went to take a look at them.
The two fowl in question, it turned out, were the sole survivors of a fox attack last year, which had decimated the owner’s larger flock. That same attack had severely injured the female Mallard, leaving her with only one leg and a stump where the other had been chewed off. The two birds, Hamner said, were well taken care of, but the owner’s living situation was changing, and they needed a new home.
Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.
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