When Cheerio arrived at Here With Us Farm Sanctuary in South Central, Pennsylvania, he was only one day old. Amanda Clark, founder of the sanctuary and his new mom, feared that he wouldn’t survive the night.
However, the 10-month-old duck is now discovering new experiences, including rain, and he is capturing every single moment.
According to Clark, Cheerio’s reaction to rain was pure happiness as he experienced the rain for the first time.
“When Cheerio first saw and felt the rain, it was pure joy. His little face lit up. You could see how curious he was and how happy to be experiencing it.”
For the special needs duck, this was a significant milestone in his life, considering he has severe neurological issues that make it difficult for him to walk without assistance and is missing an eye. Cheerio knows how to find joy in life’s small moments.
“It was hard not to cry — seeing him get to experience something for the first time that lots of ducks get to experience all the time. He kept looking up at the rain and had the happiest little face!”
At the sanctuary, Cheerio gets to enjoy everything that life has to offer along with 200 other rescued farm animals. Despite his challenges, the little duckling has brought immense joy into Amanda Clark’s life.
Cheerio has inspired her in countless ways. He is determined, never gives up, and finds happiness in the little things. To her, he is an amazing little guy who has taught her to always keep trying.
“Cheerio has changed my life in so many ways. He is so determined and truly an inspiration to always keep going, keep trying, and never give up. Finding joy in even the small things. He’s just an amazing little guy.”