Dozens of senior citizens are facing off with state and federal wildlife officials over their pet wild duck named Juanita the seniors have been raising since she was just days old.But Juanita has been in the care of a wildlife facility for the past two weeks after she left the yard of her home, perhaps never to return to the people who love her.
Firms Are Flocking To Jefferson CountyBusinessClimate.comAt the Bello Gardens Senior Living facility in San Anselmo, an important member of the family is missing.San Anselmo seniors demand return of their pet wild duck”Everybody loves her here. But I didn’t realize it until then that she was such a people person,” said resident Rita Wardner, referring to Juanita the duck.Juanita was adopted nearly two years ago by this community when she was found days after hatching.”She loved everybody. And she was part of the family,” said resident Norma Manning.But a couple weeks ago, Juanita disappeared during a storm. Someone found her and brought her to Wildcare in San Rafael, which cares for animals that are injured or otherwise cannot survive in the wild.”She’s getting along famously with…we have her in with another duck. And she’s been swimming around. She seems fine,” said Melanie Piazza, the director of animal care at Wildcare.Piazza says returning Juanita to Bello Gardens is just not possible.