Poncho The Tiger Cat
Plenty of news in this blog post! We are at T -2 days and the first signals of life are starting to appear… but let’s proceed chronologically.
First of all we would like to welcome to our little zoo-home Poncho, an approximately two months old tiger cat. Poncho joined us about three weeks ago, and since then proved to bring a lot of joy and aliveness to the house. Nothing is better than having a little kitten waiting for you at home after a hard day of work!
Our first meeting with Poncho was not as happy as some would imagine. For five nights we heard him crying and meowing in the underground garage just below our house, probably abandoned by his mother and without any food nor shelter. His only way of hiding from the scary outside world was to enter the motors of the cars parked in the garage, which was obviously pretty dangerous. We managed to catch him after two days of constant chasing from one motor to another, when - attracted by the food - he finally entered the cage we set up for him. Even if the image of a cage could paint us as evil people, we of course did it just to save him from a really bad end, which was probably going to occur soon. As a matter of fact, when we finally managed to bring him to our apartment, he was so skinny that we could feel just his bones and his hair was really rough - not exactly the picture of health. In just a few days of feeding and caring he completely recovered and lives now very happily with us. And he cannot imagine what’s waiting for him - three little fluffy brothers!
I may sound a bit cat addicted - because I actually am - but it’s time to go back to the real subject of this blog: the duckies. Because we have some really exciting news about them. Just only seeing their embryo growing more and more until the egg looked completely black at the candling was an amazing experience. But seeing the first cracks on the eggs and hearing three high voices cheep-cheeping from the inside - well, that really makes you feel like a mommy!
Day 33 means that there are just two days to go before their official birth (we later found out that our duck race takes 35 days instead of the traditional 28 to come into the world). And two of the three eggs seem actually really close to the hatching. Compared to the others, however, the third egg looked always late: embryo generally smaller, somehow slower to grow up… Indeed, he is now the only ducky that still hasn’t cracked his shelter. If this means that he will be born later than the others, we still don’t know. (Or perhaps she is just a delicate girl with less muscles than her two powerful brothers…)
We are really excited about the next developments of the situation and we certainly will post more about it very soon!