It is my experience that animals are capable of adjusting to their circumstances better than most humans.
This is a tale of three lovely little creatures banding together to make a team.
My daughter brought home a baby rabbit with the intention of introducing it to our older rabbit Maple, that was a mistake ! Maple wasn't sharing her cage with anyone. So poor little bugs went into a cage of her own.
Over the next couple of days one my light sussex chicks hatched without absorbing its yolk. After quickly researching and finding Sally Sunshines article on ' assisted hatching ' , I popped it into an egg cup with its yolk and put it into the brooder. Low and behold a couple of hours later the yolk had dried up and the chick was still alive.
That same afternoon I was feeding the chooks and when I turned around there was a tiny little duckling in amongst them. I can only assume that momma left without her, as we live by the river. I scooped her up and took her into join the chick in the brooder.
When they were a couple of days old I decided to put them in with bugs as I had run out of hutches. I hovered close by watching, half expecting to have to save them but to my suprise the chick ( Walter) dove straight in under bugs and Donald ( duck ) followed close behind.
That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship . Bugs kept the little ones warm and the little ones kept her company. We call them the ' the Disney Gang ' because they are like something from the pages of a Walt Disney book. They definitely have the ' ooh ' factor.
Sadly bugs dug her way out of the cage and I see her often in the paddock down by the washing line.
The call of the ' river ' finally got the better of Donald, who as it turns out is a ' Donna '.
Walter is happy in the garden with his hens and every now and then his old buddy Donna comes up the yard and shares breakfast with him.