Animal Photos Index
6. Tiger & Piglets
7. An Unlikely Trio Finds Sanctuary Together
Huey, Duey and Sidekick came to live at our New York
Shelter in April. Huey, the larger duckling and Sidekick, the rooster chick,
were rescued from a pet store in Queens that was selling young birds as part of
an Easter promotion. Sadly, many pet stores across the country profit from the
sale of live chicks, bunnies, and ducklings, especially during the Easter
season. Customers purchase the baby animals as cute "gifts," but soon after the
holiday is past, many realize they are unable or unwilling to care for them. As
a result, countless animals are abandoned outdoors to fend for themselves or
condemned to live out their lives in cramped backyard hutches and cages.
Thanks to the kindness of a few animal lovers in New York
City, Huey and Sidekick escaped this fate, but just barely. The two baby birds
watched as, one by one, all the other chicks and ducklings in the store were
sold and removed from their respective pens, until finally, Sidekick was the
last chick, and Huey the last duckling left in the store. Seeing that there were
only two birds left to sell, the store owner moved Huey and Sidekick into a pen
Having lost all of their other
friends, the two formed an instant bond with one another. By the time their
rescuers visited the store one day in April, the two were inseparable.
Recognizing immediately the friendship that existed between the odd pair, the
kind-hearted animal lovers knew they had to save both birds, and keep them
together. Thankfully, once confronted about the practice of selling the animals,
the storeowner agreed to give them up.
Huey and Sidekick arrived at
Farm Sanctuary shortly after their rescue, along with another duckling named,
Duey, who had also been rescued in New York City. The three made the happy
journey to our New York Shelter together and settled in to the comforts of
sanctuary life right away. The three baby birds have latched onto one another,
and remain dear friends. They still love to cuddle together, and making it clear
that they have no qualms about getting very close to a pal from another species,
Huey and Duey sometimes even let their rooster friend sleep on their backs.