We can all agree that there is nothing better than a cat video. OMG they’re so cute! With YouTube at our fingertips and a nearly endless supply of downtime (outside of the office – of course), our taste for cuteness has gotten exotic.  Watching all of these furry Adonis’ parade across the internet always makes us think – I want to cuddle with him (or her) all the time. However, some animals should be left in the wild – or on YouTube. And while having a pig a few chickens may sound like fun, many underestimate the infrastructure and time required to care for some of the more exotic pets that are becoming popular. Plainly stated: not all animals can, or should, be pets.

Take Flappy, a baby duckling who was rescued by  Edgar’s Mission farm sanctuary after his family realized they couldn’t take care of him. Here is Flappy’s story:

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At two weeks old, Flappy was purchased by a child for $12.50.

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Flappy’s curious chirps gave away the fact that the child had brought home a stowaway. Knowing that they were incapable of caring for him, they contacted Edgar’s Mission.

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Edgar’s Mission came to the rescue and took Flappy in. They provided him with all of the amenities the family was unable to.

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Though Flappy has no feathered family to keep him company right now, his human companions give him plenty of attention.

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Flappy was fortunate. Soon he will be released into their waterbird habitat where he will spread his wings and fly with his fellow ducks.

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However, most unwanted ducks are not as fortunate as Flappy and are dumped in local wetlands – or far worse places.

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You can help stop the problem at its roots by adopting your furry (or feathered) friends and support Edgar’s Mission by donating on their website.

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In the words of Edgar’s Mission: “So when next time you ponder the question, ‘How much is that doggie (or cute duckie) in the window?’, please consider this: The price they pay for being there is simply too much.” 

To learn more about this awesome sanctuary, visit their website here.

All image source: Edgar’s Mission