Rescue & Adoptions
In Loving Memory
November of 1998, Isis and another Peking duck named Artemus, came
to live at our California Shelter. The two beautiful ducks
had wandered off the streets and into the yard of an elderly couple
in Red Bluff, California. The loving couple who found Isis and Artemus
had no idea where the ducks had come from, but thankfully, they
wanted to find the birds a safe and happy home. When they called
us, we eagerly agreed to help.
Isis shared her first few years at Farm Sanctuary with her dear friend
Artemus, whom she loved above all other ducks. When he passed away,
she mourned for a time, but bravely pulled through with the help
of a new companion named Annie. Given their own spacious green pasture
and a private pond to swim in, Isis and Annie had all the things
any duck could ask for in a home. They especially enjoyed time spent
paddling in the cool water together and lying in the grass under
the old shade tree that shielded them from the summer sun.
Isis was well known for her strength, her grace and her gentle spirit.
She developed serious arthritis in the fall of 2001, but true to
her nature she didn't let it get her down. She simply accepted the
reality of her own decreased mobility, just as she accepted it when
she got wet in a rainstorm, or was given the special food she loved,
or had to turn in for the night after a day full of fun and adventure.
She embraced all the highs and lows of life with grace and patience,
and an ease of understanding few of us ever achieve.
Sadly, Isis left us on November 17, 2004. We found her that day, lying
peacefully in one of her favorite grassy spots, still beautiful
even in death. We cried for Isis when we laid her to rest. But we
tried not to mourn for too long, rememberig her courage in the face