So I have a family friend that I've known for the last 15 years or so, she currently works rescuing Boxers and helping them find new forever homes. Well a few days ago she let me know about a duck that had been taken in to her vet's office. It once belonged to an owner that kept it with a pit bull puppy where it apparently had come to no visible harm but nevertheless attracted attention from someone thinking it needed a better home. So this lady (not my family friend) "rescues" this little duck and brings it home thinking she has done the duck a favor. At home her toy poodle attacks the duck and removes most of the feathers from it's back. So she thinks there is no future left for the little girl and takes it to the vet to have it put down. The vet offers to take care of the duck and rehab it thinking she has a pretty good chance of growing the feathers back. It has been several weeks since the duck has been there and she is well recovered. When I called in yesterday the vet tech sounded excited that they were going to have a home for their little duck. I headed up today and got into the office just after 10:30 I spoke with one of the techs and we went to see the little duck. Cute beautiful little girl with all white feathers and she's outside in a pen with a calf. Well I figure at least it's better than being cooped up in a dog cage like she previously was right... So I ask the tech if we might be able to take the little girl home and she has had a request from the vet to speak with me before I take her home. Only problem he's not due back til 1pm. So I tell her alright I'll just take the kiddo out for lunch and he can play at the park for a little bit while we wait for vet to return. I call in after one to check and see if the vet has returned only to find out he "should" be back sometime after 1:15 but might not show up til his surgical appointment which is later at 1:30-1:45. So I decide to take a chance that he will return shortly and make the drive back over to wait for him to get in. We don't wait too long til the vet shows up and both my son and I are very pleased that we will be taking home our new little family member shortly. We talk about the little duck and I explain what sort of area I have ready for a little duck and I also tell him I am prepared to obtain another duck so it will have some company of it's own kind to socialize with but that in the meantime I will be putting it with my 3 month old chickens. I ask about what feed it is on so I can make sure I buy that and he tells me she is eating the cow feed. Calf pellets with sweet feed mixed in.... I'm thinking wait so he's a vet and isn't feeding it duck food but I keep my mouth shut. Well the vet goes on after laying this shocker on me that he intends to keep the little duck as a friend for the calf. I'm a little peeved that: 1 the vet isn't even using duck food or providing any clean water for the duck 2 that if he didn't want to get rid of it why didn't he tell his techs this so they wouldn't promise the duck to us and 3 why he could sit there and tell a 5 year old that he wanted to keep it for his calf I have to say I'm proud of my son for taking it like a big kid. He didn't cry and he told me that he's glad the duckie has a friend in the calf. I'm sorry for the rant I just feel dissapointed that he would change his mind and not want to even seem to care about providing proper care for the little duck. So I'm thinking about finding a couple of ducks elsewhere for our family.