“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened,” said the French poet, Anatole France. For that, this lady’s soul was awakened with the love for this particular ducky.
How many animals are killed just for food consumption but this duck here has her fate turned when a woman did something out of the ordinary.
The lucky duckling is named Daisy. Now, she is an adult duck that also goes by the new name Bibit. She was hatched from a Vietnamese traditional delicacy called Balut.
According to Star2, 39-year-old Erica Lim who works as a creative professional got Bibit from a Vietnamese restaurant in Puchong, Selangor two years ago. The restaurant is famous for selling balut − a dish of a bird embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell.
Lim was curious if she really got herself a duck fetus and wondered whether if it was alive. With that in mind, she handmade a standby egg incubator using a styrofoam box, placed a heat lamp and sat the two Balut eggs inside it.
After waiting for two weeks, one egg finally hatched and Daisy pecked through the shell and came into the world − and also Lim’s life.
“Watching her emerge from the egg, I fell in love with her immediately, and that was how I became a ‘mother’ on Father’s Day in 2017.
“She is a very cute buddy who loves to keep me company and follows me wherever I go. She also gets along well with my old dog Feipo as both of them are best of friends,” said Lim.
Daisy, or now Bibit, was once a little yellow duckling like you see in a typical story book. But now, she a mature fair lady that flaps soft and white feathers.
She can even lay eggs every 25 hours. Lim related that she now has an unlimited supply of duck eggs, many of which are double-yolked. With that, she makes many salted egg dishes and shares them with family and friends. It is like a fusion fables of The Ugly Ducking (since she came from a Balut) and the golden goose in Jack in the Beanstalk.
Lim mentioned that Bibit is a very well-behaved duck, as she can sit with her quietly reading a book or watching a show. She is so good with her manners that Lim could even sneak Bibit into the cinemas when she was a duckling, watching the movies like a well-behaved moviegoer. Better than human-child, of course!
“Bibit is a city bird, she watched Netflix and listen to Spotify, just like any ordinary people who live in the urban area,” Lim quipped.
Bibit is like any modern folks, she has an account on Instagram, @daily_daisy_duck where Lim will upload pictures and videos of Bibit’s life at home and other adventures.
Noticing how cute to have a duck as a pet, Lim’s friends even got some ducklings as pets. Lim, too, helped to hatch her neighbour’s new pet duckling.
“Ducks make wonderful companions. My Bibit is charming and attentive. I hope more people realize how much fun it is to have a duck as a pet,” said Bibit’s lucky owner. Fans of sitcom Friends would definitely agree.
However, it was worth to note that Lim bought two Balut eggs with the intentions to hatch them two years ago. Unfortunately, she said that one of the ducklings came out premature and didn’t survive. She said that to an inquiring fan of @daily_daisy_duck.
We are so in love with Lim’s attempt to save the ducklings. Although one didn’t survived but at least she got Bibit by her side now.
What are your opinions on raising a duck? Do you think Malaysians should start saving animals like how Lim did? Leave us a comment to let us know.