Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lucky Duck Images


Thanks to Jennifer Homa at Erlanger Medical Center for sending more on "Baroness."
We had a "patient" that evidently thought we took such great care of her last year, she thought she would return this year!

Momma Duck "aka Baroness" returned! Or, so we believe it is the same momma duck. After some quick Googling, we understand females return to the same nesting spot year after year! You can only imagine what this means for us every spring during her life expectancy (ranging 8 to 10 years)!

She was spotted about a week ago hunkered down in the general vicinity as last year. She was VERY well hidden. No one knew for sure how long she had been here until last weekend. We missed the incubation by about three weeks. Sandy Hughes, one of our nurses in the Emergency Department who was watching over Baroness since she was found, announced that seven of the nine eggs hatched on Good Friday. By Saturday evening, Baroness and her seven ducklings “checked out” on their own for a new home near the water.

The notification of her visit, eggs hatching, and “patient discharge” happened so quickly, we were unable to get a good picture of her…and the babies.




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