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time for my usual duckie update... - □ the one and only icon_goddess □
time for my usual duckie update...
i really havn't wanted to update on the lil guys cuz i am losing them fast :(

i have no idea why they are dying off because they seem so damn healthy and big but something or someone is killing them off

there are only 3 left now...i found 1 in the grass by a tree on Wednesday right after i found a squirrel dead and all curled up stuffed inside one if the pilars outside one of the pondside offices....i am not sure if the squirrel was placed there or if it tried to crawl in there for protection or just crawled in there to die

and then yesterday evening my mom and i went down there to look in on them and one was dead in the water and the other 3 were just hanging out with him....looked like they were trying to make him wake up or something...it was a hard site to see....they didn't want to leave him....and they were nudging it and by the time we could find something to pick him up with, he had been sucked up into the filter next to where we found him....one guess is that either the lil guys had pulled him out of there because maybe he was stuck because those filters have strong suction....i have a guess that maybe they were playing over there and he got stuck and lost air because when they were real small, they could pop in and out of the filter slots but now they are so big perhaps he got in there to play and couldn't get out

babies this size just don't die in the water....the only predator that can get them in the water is the seagulls and i really don't think that was the cause of this one's death...he looked untouched and in good shape

and so did the lil guy i found in the grass...

another guess is poison...in the grass or thrown in the water and perhaps it is not enough to kill off the seagulls and grown up ducks but enough to kill babies

my mom agrees that these guys seem way too big to be falling prey to to another bird...so that only leaves me guessing

and of course my last guess is that someone is fucking with them....i don't even want to pursue that idea in my head any more...

other than that, i am having a good time visiting with my mama

they are down here on business to promote their gaming website at the Electronic Entertainment Expo going on at the L.A. Convention Center and they got me a signed cd from Nine Inch Nails because they did the soundtrack for a new game just released....so that was the highlight of my week!

just wish i had been there to meet them like they did....lucky dogs!
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vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 19th, 2004 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
it is :(

still 3 left...
From: twisted_bliss Date: May 15th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am sorry to hear about your baby ducks dying :( That makes me very sad. I love ducks so much. It sounds to me like it could be one of two things. Maybe the water is tainted with a bacteria that their little bodies could not fight off like the big ducks can. Or someone is throwing rice in the water or on the ground & it is making their stomachs explode. If you catch someone doing that please for the sake of all the other ducks call the animal abuse hotline or a local animal shelter & let them know about it. You could even call a birds group such as BEAKS if you have one in your state or another olace that deals with hurt or sick birds so they can come out & take of of the ducklings to see what is actually killing them. I think you should do that. if you see another dead duck or if there is some still out there, put them in a shoe box & have the bird activist/bird people come out & have a look at them. If someone is feeding them rice it will come back & tell them you would like to know the results & they will be more than happy to inform you. We have a place here called BEAKS that does that kind of work. I found 2 baby birds that had fallen from their nest, when my ex boyfriend & I put them back in the nest the mother bird kicked them back out because she smelled human scents on them I guess. But, we took them to BEAKS & they feed them & kept them alive, they sent us a letter the day they were releasing them back into the world also, so we could come & see them fly away. I hope the other ducks are safe out there :(


PS. Add my new journal to your personal journal also. I forgot to let you know to add me back on this journal also. You can delete the darkmistuponme name I don't think I will ever reactivate it.
ashenflowers From: ashenflowers Date: May 15th, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
awww, that's really sweet what you did about the birds, and they were able to be released when they were healthy and grown
good for you
the animals of this world need more people like that
From: twisted_bliss Date: May 15th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, thank you! I do all I can to help especially when it comes to animals. I do agree if people cared a little more now days then less animals would have to suffer. <3
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 15th, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

there is an asian lady that i think threw some rice out for them!

i never even thought about it making their stomachs explode!

i know where she works so i am going up to her office first thing in the morning....thank you so much for responding to my post....i want to do everything i can to protect these lil guys...i am going down to the pond right now and check on the rest!
From: twisted_bliss Date: May 16th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You're very much welcome baby doll! yes, rice will expand in their little tummy & explose their bellys )
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 19th, 2004 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
ashenflowers From: ashenflowers Date: May 15th, 2004 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's really too bad :(
I hope you can find out what's happening with them, and save the surviving ones
I can understand what it's like to find little animals like that.. it's definitely no fun whatsoever
good luck with the rest
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 15th, 2004 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks babe....the animal kingdom is a cruel cruel world :(
neisius From: neisius Date: May 15th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
damn it. everyone but me got to go to E3!!!!
Your mama need a programer?
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 15th, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooohhhhh, so you want to be in that line or work?

bummer about a job...she happens to be married to a programmer, thats how she got into this line of work ;)

those tickets cost $450 and you can only get in if you are in the business but i think if you get in early enough, you don't have to pay....they had a great time there! they plan on going every year now
neisius From: neisius Date: May 15th, 2004 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeh I know it's "industry only" but some how people find there way on the mailing lists and get to go.
They had the new Playstation handheld there for people to test out and it's not coming out till next year.
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 16th, 2004 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, my mom and her husband had a field day with all the new gadgets they got to test out

and they got lots of cool pics of all the 'booth babes' as they all them ;)

i guess the only celebrities that were there was Nine Inch Nails and Vin Diesel
neisius From: neisius Date: May 16th, 2004 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been checking out the booth babes pics other people have been posting. The Erotica LA Expo booth babes are much better :) and anyone can go to Erotica LA.
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 16th, 2004 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
oh yeah, i can only imagine!
sera_bella From: sera_bella Date: May 16th, 2004 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Just commenting to let you know I added you. You're more than welcome to add me if you like, if not, that's cool, I just did it cuz I'd like to get to know you better than just through your graphics :)

My school used to try to raise baby ducks, but they would never survive, they always looked like they were healthy when they died. Come to find out, there was an additive in the water softener that they used that was killing the babies off, despite the adults being perfectly fine.
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 16th, 2004 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
well hello again :) i am always up for meeting cool people

i am afraid that it very well could possibly be something that is put in the water to keep it nice and pretty...there lil systems may just not be able to handle it...there are 3 left now and they seem to be doing ok but i am thinking they look a lil listless today....i hope they are just sad and not sick
sera_bella From: sera_bella Date: May 16th, 2004 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
If this isn't the first batch that this has happened with, I'd suspect it's something they use in the water, either chlorine, or a softener, or something.

It's quite possible that they are sad from losing their brothers and sisters, hopefully some will be able to survive. :)
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 16th, 2004 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
last year 2 survived :)

we do know for a fact that the seagulls attack them when they are first born...we have seen it...and so do the crows, but these guys are over 2 months old now and getting pretty good sized for predators which is why i am suspecting it could be the water

thank you so much for the help....i always get good advice here on my journal :)
sera_bella From: sera_bella Date: May 16th, 2004 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome :)
butterflysnf From: butterflysnf Date: May 16th, 2004 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
i am very sorry about the duckies.
i have no clue as to what it is happening to them. i wish i could help you.

vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 19th, 2004 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
it sux big time :(
leftovertears From: leftovertears Date: May 16th, 2004 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
wow that was a long entry.. ok first off.. Im so sorry about the duckies. I wish there was something i could do.. i used to live in an apartment complex and we had duckies too. I like duckies.. anyway i hope you figure it out soon. It might be a good thing to have whatever company is closest to that water test it, if something is in the water harming the ducks, who's to say that it cant get into the water lines and harm babies and people as well? Something is definately going on there. But anyway, thats cool about your mom being in that line of work. Thats awesome. I wish I had more ties to the game industry. heh. Well have fun with your mommy!
<3 Rhea
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 19th, 2004 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
i am afraid what they are doing with the pond is perfectly legal...they are just trying to maintain the water with legal softeners and chlorine...unfortunately, it is not safe for most baby animals...it sux :(
From: konecorgie Date: May 17th, 2004 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Eep! I'm really sorry. I'll never play Duck Hunting again. Wait, I haven't played that since I was seven...
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 22nd, 2004 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
hehe....so long as it is not real ducks ;)
bigby2k From: bigby2k Date: May 17th, 2004 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm feeling depressed... *sighs*
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 22nd, 2004 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, me too :(
jirikido From: jirikido Date: May 21st, 2004 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
mmm hugs, i had the same experience when i was a kid, they just don't have a high survival rate i'm afraid. you probably aren't doing too much wrong in fact.

oh E3! man, i looked for an angle for weeks on that, couldn't manage it as i'm really a consultant not a gaming guy officially.

may i add you?
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 23rd, 2004 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
hi there! sure, add me...i'll add you back....but i am afraid i suck at updates :-o

i am working on that thouigh ;)

i am learning that every year, not many babies make it...i guess you are right about their survival rate

as far as E3, if you were a girl, you could be a booth babe ;)

nice to meet you!
__preternatural From: __preternatural Date: May 21st, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw some of your work in a blend challenge community and I thought it was awesome, I would love for you to join

hope to see you there!
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 23rd, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you! i shall join now :)
ibdreamy From: ibdreamy Date: May 22nd, 2004 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
click it
Your one of the people who has done a lot for the icon community in general. I give you lots of kudos.
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 22nd, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanx babe!

you are such a doll and you have done your fair share as well!

thank for the recognition!
ibdreamy From: ibdreamy Date: May 24th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Your welcome. It's nice to be recognied once in awhile huh?
You deserve it.
There are so many people who enjoy your icons.
vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 26th, 2004 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
i am always happy to make them too :)
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vblackangelv From: vblackangelv Date: May 27th, 2004 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
thank you!
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