Springtime lends itself to rebirth, new beginnings, the springing forward of life. However, poet T.S. Eliot called April the “cruellest month.” And it is, especially for baby ducks, chicks, and rabbits, for this is the time of year when children are treated to the joy of caring for living, breathing, sentient beings. But what happens when those living, breathing, sentient beings become full-fledged ducks, chickens, and rabbits? Sadly, many never live to their first birthday, let alone full, healthy lives. They are either killed by kindness (given too much food, or not the correct food for their species, kept in inappropriate habitats, handled too much and become stressed, etc.), given up to the wild or to animal shelters, or sent away for slaughter. So, where is the joy when so many lives are lost? Where is the fun in having a pet that becomes a burden and eventually becomes dinner? If you have already purchased one of these baby animals, educate yourself, if you haven’t done so already, in the proper care of your new companion. Make sure his or her life isn’t representative of Eliot’s “cruellest month.” For, when you think about it…Easter ducklings, chicks, and baby bunnies deserve full and healthy lives.