So as I expected….When I came on my lunch break at work, after leaving home this morning with the eggs intact. One of the eggs had already started to hatch. When I got home just a few moments ago, it was fully out.
I have been trying to find that quote about not working with animals and children, but all I could find were quotes was about how much people love working with animals and children. While I suspected this may be because of our more “PG acceptable” society…We all know that saying.
I would have to say that over this weekend though, animals are probably not always easy to work with. As many of you will know I took this weekend off as this weekend I was planning on watching the newest members of the Dash family to be born. Over the last few years, once a year, the Dash family has been hatching and raising a small number of baby Ostriches.
It was a very slow weekend, the first Ostrich that showed any sign of “pipping” was Gunga and he/she pretty much spent the whole weekend not hatching out the egg and of course I have to go to work today.
What’s the bet that everything happens today? So one down and three to go!
I have said “Goodbye” to too many things that I love and care about today (well in the last 24 hours). One of the baby ostriches passed away from complications that resulted from a minor surgery, which is very common in birds. Birds seem to stress out quite easily. It was horrible because I saw the whole thing. Flipped over on her back and then she just never got up again, it was a slow and painful thing to see. Then the other one (once the body was removed) became very quickly distressed. Luckily though, the family looking after these sweet babies took swift action and took the other baby to an Ostrich farm and from the pictures is already striving extremely well there.
However the other person I had to say goodbye too was my Beau that I had been seeing for the last few months. It’s probably the hardest break up I’ve had. In terms of that we both really want to be together, very badly. However, the age gap is just too large of a thing and we can’t really ignore it. Honestly, for once, the line “Can we still be friends?” was the hardest line I’ve had to hear BUT for the first time in my life, I really do want too. Nothing was done to hurt either party, but we shall see what happens…Watch this space for more…!
So life…Watch you got for me next? Can you please leave it for a little while longer?
These last two weeks I have been surrounded with baby animals…The baby Ostriches are now just a little over two weeks and are doing amazingly well! There were a few days there were we all thought that they may have “Fainting Ostrich” syndrome…Which is basically where the new hatchings will not eat or drink and eventually starve to death…THIS DID NOT HAPPEN! =D
For some reason ever since these two lovely little lights of life have come into the world all I have been seeing recently are baby animals everywhere!
With this edition of “Fact Friday” I have decided to add a few pictures and links were you can say all the “Awws” you want to the sweet little baby animals and some interesting sites as well as sites where you can donate and are helpful sites dedicated to saving our wildlife and pets (please click these pictures to get to websites).
Today is a most joyous day indeed! The baby ostriches that I have been obsessed with since last year are starting to “hatch”. I have been watching for the last few hours and out of the 5, there are only two that have been showing any growth in the egg. (There was a third that was growing slower than the others, but have not heard what has happened to it since beginning of last week, when it was taken out of the incubator).
It is extremely fascinating! Ostriches do not start growing as soon as the egg is laid, the foetuses start growing once they start to “heat up” (or usually when an adult Ostrich starts to nest on top of the eggs, or in this case are put into a incubator). Once again the Dash Family is going to be presenting a live feed to the whole world of the hatching process and, hopefully, successfully raising them.
My partner made a joke about how he has this image of me being “obsessively watching the video”…Of course I’m not =P lol…It can take up to 24 hours for a baby Ostrich to hatch. Ostrich eggs are the toughest eggs on the planet, which is why it takes so long for them to hatch.
Currently one of the two Ostriches that are fully developed has finally “Pipped” and has broken through a little, you can view it’s head. Time (California time – Location of Ostriches): 7:04am…(Australia Time): 12:00am…Which is why I am now heading to bed.
Last year was a really rough year for myself. I went through a really rough break up and found out what and who real friendships meant. During this time I was also doing my studies to become a Librarian.
Also last year one of my friends introduced me to a live feed, during which a baby ostrich was trying to hatch out of its egg. I spent the entire night and into the early morning watching this little baby Ostrich hatch. The reason I am making this post is because for me the birth of this bird introduced me to a different side of life. It felt like magic watching this baby bird hatch, it is one of the few times that I have watched any type of baby animal be born. It is definitely the first time I have watched a bird hatch out of it’s egg.
The “Dash” family decided to contribute this live feed to the entire world and I ended up making friends from all over the world. Unfortunately their first baby Ostrich passed away due to complications of infected intestines and a retained yolk sac. (I cried about the baby Ostrich more than losing my ex as a friend). The Dash family decided to take on 3 more baby birds and they all eventually passed away due to different reasons (one was attacked by a raccoon!).
You can only imagine my excitement this morning when I woke up and there was an email notification saying that the Baby Ostrich Cam went live! I went straight there, before I ate, drank or got changed for the day. They now have 5 little eggs that they are hoping will be hatching around the 13th of July 2014. I think that that couple of days I will be taking notes and then I am going to write one full blog about it…So look out for that one!
As some of my ‘follower’s may know during these last few months I was following a normal every day family take on an extraordinary challenge. The ‘Dash’ family decided to take on the responsibility to look after a single ostrich. They took a single egg and people from all around the world watched the ‘birth’ of Pip as he broke painfully slowly out of his shell.
I watched the whole hatching process and it was completely lovely and grew attached to Pip and fell in love at first trilled. At the same time I was going through probably the worst break up I have ever had to experience in the whole of my life. Little Pip and the Dash family and the hundred of thousands of people watching this different experience got me through those rough weeks. Unfortunately, the night after the last huge fight I had with my ex. I woke up the next morning to find out that Pip had passed away in the night. It was the first time that I broke down and cried for everything that had happened that year. Found out later that Ostrich hatchings are the hardest to grow into fully grown adults. Pip passed away from a unabsorbed yolk sac.
Dash didn’t give up though! They obtained three more eggs. Skippy, Popcorn and Rascal. All were born successfully, unfortunately, again…Skippy passed away within a couple of weeks from an infection in her intestines. Rascal had to be put down since he was born with a disfigured leg that would have gotten worse over time(and believe me when I say that they tried everything!). Popcorn survived through all of that and the Dash family were visiting Ostrich wranglers to take Popcorn in and then he was attacked by raccoons and had to be put down the night before.
Although I know how depressing they might all sound and believe me I stopped watching the live web stream after a while. The experience has been extremely positive. It was incredibly interesting to see and find how hard it is to raise ‘birds’. It is not something that is easy and especially with Ostriches, can be extremely heart-breaking. When you lose so many little babies! One of the most positive experiences from this though, were all of the people involved. Everyone who watched, supported Dash and his family and went through grief with them when they experienced lost. I have purchased an Ostrich figurine to remember all of these different experiences and to remember what it all meant to me.
Last night was the last night before the web cam and chat was stopped. We talked for hours and it was hard to sign off for that last time. I went back on the site this morning to double check that it was gone…and felt a sadness to see that it had. It was probably the more interesting and one of the rare positive experiences that I had of 2013 and will cherish it always.