Good friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, especially if that friend just so happens to be an animal. While most people adopt their animals from shelters or pet stores, this person found her new best friend in the unlikeliest of places. Keep reading to find out how a spur-of-the-moment snack turned into a lifelong friend for a woman living in Malaysia.
Erica Lim is a 39-year-old insurance agent and freelance artist who lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
One day, Erica was at a Vietnamese restaurant in Puchong when she made a decision that would change her life forever. You see, this particular restaurant offered what some people would consider a controversial snack.
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This restaurant offered a dish that is known as "balut."
Balut is a developing bird embryo that is a boiled and eaten right of the shell. Most countries consider it to be taboo and controversial, but the dish is extremely popular in Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam and Thailand.
While Erica was enjoying her meal, she made a split-second decision to get an order of balut.
But, instead of eating in the restaurant like most people, she decided to bring it home with her so it could hatch. Using a styrofoam box and some heat lamps, Erica made the perfect incubator for her little egg.
Two weeks later, Erica heard little cracking noises coming from the inside of the egg!
“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,” said Erica. But what was she going to do with the duckling now that it was alive?
For starters, Erica needed to come up with a name for the little duckling.
Erica settled on the classic name, Daisy. But just like most pet owners, Erica gave her little one a nickname, as well. Eventually, she came up with the nickname Bibit for her new friend.