Hopper was part of a elementary school hatchling project and born with a deformity to his leg and foot. He and the rest of the ducks hatched were taken to an local farm and he was struggling to keep up. He also sustained an injury to his body that resulted in a large open wound. Luckily for him he was found by two amazing women who took him in and reached out to us to give him the best chance at a life.
Hopper was given a clean bill of health a few weeks after arriving and a surgery was performed to have his deformed foot amputated in hopes he would be a candidate for a prosthetic. We were all hopefully he would run, swim, and have a happy duck life! Unfortunately the damage was too extensive and there was no way to save any portion of his leg in order to affix a prosthetic. So we attempted to give him the best life as a one-legged duck and placed him in with a very gentle female who we rescued after the Thomas Fires. They loved each other. We provided Hopper with daily assisted swim, all he could need in the way of fresh spinach and other goodies, and a warm safe place to live while we made a plan..
Sadly, Hopper passed away on December 5, 2018 after living at the sanctuary with his best friend Rice the duck for 5 months. He will be missed everyday.