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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

No one is tapping on our glass door today

DSC_8196LRSad day at the Salsa house today. Yesterday afternoon, in broad daylight, a raccoon bent the chicken wire, climbed into the duck pen, and killed Midnight and Golden.

We locked our ducks up tight each night, but never thought we had to worry about raccoons during the day. We are all just stunned and so sad that our sweet, funny little ducklings are gone. Those ducklings sure made us smile with their cute personalities and captured our hearts in such a short time. Midnight and Golden, we’ll miss your funny little peep quacking, the way you liked to follow the girls around whenever they were outside, and how you’d come onto the porch every afternoon and peck the glass when you had decided it was lettuce time.

Rest in peace Midnight and Golden.

53 comments:

  1. Oh no. That is so sad. Please let Ro and Ree know how sorry I am about Midnight and Golden.

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  2. Oh No! That is horrible. I am sorry - I could tell that you enjoyed having them around.
    RIP Midnight & Golden.

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  3. Oh my gosh. That is so sad. I would have never thought that you'd need to worry about raccoons in the daytime.

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  4. Anonymous10/04/2011

    That's heartbreaking news. We are so sorry to read about it. We had worried about hawks swooping down, but didn't even think about a raccoon.

    Ma

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  5. Anonymous10/04/2011

    wow! that is horrible! i hope no one actually witnessed it. a1

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  6. I am so sorry. You all obviously loved having them and I am sure you will miss them. :-(

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  7. Poor Salsa household! I'm so sorry!!

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  8. I'm so sad to hear that :( They were so cute and the girls clearly loved them.

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  9. OMGOSH that is the saddest story ever. I feel terrible for your sweet girls :(

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  10. Oh my gosh -- this is awful. I don't know what to say. What a tough life lesson to learn at that age! (I'm sure it's even harder on Mom and Dad)

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  11. Anonymous10/04/2011

    I'm sorry. How awful! I remember when my first pet died. It broke my heart. Thoughts to the girls. Those ducks seemed tom have quite a happy life while living with you guys though. Maybe the school will give you 2 more, even though I know it wont be the same to the girls. I hope the girls didn't find the ducks that way.
    -m

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  12. Oh how awful!!! I'm so sorry that all of you are having to deal with this. Those cute duckies were so sweet and such a joy for all of you to have around. Hugs and prayers for you as I know this will be an adjustment.

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  13. The girls must be devastated! I have never heard of raccoons attacking in the daytime. Maybe Animal Control can trap the raccoon. It would be awful if it went after the girls.

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  14. Anonymous10/04/2011

    I'm so sorry Salsa Family, such sad news so close to the girls' birthday. I'm sure Midnight and Golden loved Ro and Ree as much as the girls loved them.

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  15. I am so sorry, M3. I'm heartbroken for you and the girls. So sad. :'(

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  16. Anonymous10/04/2011

    I am so so sorry to hear this sad news. I had to run downstairs to give my girls' guinea pigs some love.
    Rest in peace sweet duckies.
    Trish C

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  17. Oh, M3!!! Your poor girls! Poor you! That's so awful. I saw the story headline, and my stomach dropped. I feel so badly for them.

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  18. Anonymous10/04/2011

    I am so sad to hear this news. Raccoons have become so domesticated and are no longer nocturnal rodents. We have them walking in the street during the day making it a challenge when walking a dog. I hope the girls did not witness the demise of the sweet ducks.

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  19. That is so sad. Raccoons can be so brutal. I'm amazed they came in the daylight, they must have been really hungry. I guess now would be a good opportunity to discuss the food chain.
    :(

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  20. So very sorry. Oh, wouldn't you rather have waited to discuss life's bitter lessons?

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  21. That is awful. I am so sorry.

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  22. Oh...so sad to hear :( Hugs to you all!!!

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  23. oh so sad...hope the girls are doing ok

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  24. OMG, how sad for Ree and Ro (and you and TD too)! That is just heartbreaking! Sending hugs to all of you.

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  25. I'm so sorry - the girls must be so upset. Hugs to you all.

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  26. Oh, no! I'm so sorry! Give the girls a hug from me...

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  27. Oh No..how sad!!!
    Hugs to Ro and Ree!!

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  28. Oh so sorry...hugs to all. I grew up on a farm but you never become immune to losing pets.

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  29. Oh, no! I'm so sorry. :-(

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  30. Oh, how sad!!! I'm so sorry :-(
    Hugs to you all...

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  31. Anonymous10/04/2011

    it could be rabid to be out in the day light.Becareful it might be back . so sad.

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  32. Anonymous10/04/2011

    Oh my goodness, how awful. Poor little things. How are Ro and Ree?

    So sorry that happened:(

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  33. Anonymous10/04/2011

    oops, forgot to sign my comment above.


    Stace

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  34. Anonymous10/04/2011

    Ohhh...I'm so sorry to hear that. How tragic.

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  35. Hi
    My name is Jenna and I came across your site. Your girls are beautiful, cute and adoreble. They have pretty smiles. i love all the videos, especially that animal alphabet. That's awful about your ducks. The girls must be really sad as you all must be. it is hard to lose pets. I was born with a rare life threatening disease, developmental delays. I love it when people sign my guestbook. www.miraclechamp.webs.com

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  36. Oh no, M3, so sorry about this! Ro and Ree must have been so upset. What a horrible thing to have to discuss with them. I never knew racoons were such a nuisance! Here in the desert we have an occasional coyote, but I would never think to worry about it during the day.

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  37. Oh my gosh. I am so sorry for your loss, it is just heartbreaking. Sending hugs to The Salsa Family today, especially to the little Salsa's who have to deal with something way to horrid for their tender sweet hearts.

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  38. Anonymous10/04/2011

    Sorry about that.......you need to use carpenter cloth and completely surround the pen, encluding the top. Raccoons can eat through chicken wire.....Gyll

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  39. That just breaks my heart. I'm sure you are as upset as the girls must be. I am so sorry for all of you.

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  40. Oh M3 - I'm so very sorry about this. Living in an environment similar to yours, I'm surprised a raccoon would do this. They usually go after duck eggs (they took out a whole nest of 9 here) - but not birds this size. Do you have evidence this was a raccoon? This kind of destruction here is usually the work of a bobcat or coyote or hawk. Even a large owl. I'm so sorry. This is just awful for all of you.

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  41. so sorry. That is absolutely horrible. I hope the girls don't take it too hard.

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  42. Anonymous10/04/2011

    RIP Midnight and Golden. Big bummer. The night (early morning) I left for Guate to visit C. on a preview trip, the darn racoons were standing in my backyard pond munching on the koi, ugh. It was sickening. I feel for you.
    On another note, if you want a mini-adventure like your indoor water park hotel, check out this local venue I went to last Sunday. Fun!

    http://www.ci.newark.ca.us/departments/recreation-and-community-services/aquatics/

    Ginny
    PS we love your local pumpkin patch and look forward to checking out the Pumpkin cannon..yahoo!

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  43. That is so horrible! I am so sorry. I hope the girls are doing okay.

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  44. Anonymous10/04/2011

    Aw. That's sad. I'm sorry to hear about your poor duckies.

    Jamie

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  45. oh no... bunch of hugs are with your family for the loss.

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  46. Are you kidding me? Raccoons? I hate those animals! They did major damage to our pool and our grass. I can't believe they will hurt another animal like that. I'm so sorry.

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  47. oh no. That is really sad. Poor little things. I know circle of life and all that, but it's still sad. :-(

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  48. Oh gosh this is so sad. I'm sorry.

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  49. Oh, the food chain is an ugly reality. I'm so sorry about your little quackers. ((hugs))

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  50. Anonymous10/05/2011

    Hugs to you and your girls. Thats so sad ugh. They were so cute.

    Erika

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  51. So sorry! My dog Trixie used to eat my other little furry pets. So glad that the girls did not have to see it. I didn't know that raccoons did things like that.

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  52. Anonymous10/07/2011

    This breaks my heart. I am so sorry. There is a trap you can set to catch the raccoon and then you could take him far away to release him if you wanted to. Just a thought. The traps don't hurt them I don't believe. You could probably get one at any feed store type place. Maybe you might want to try again with new ducklings if you could get rid of that coon.
    In any case, we are so sorry!
    Cousin's Tammy and Ricky

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  53. Awww. So sad. I could tell you all really enjoyed them.

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