duckling rescue


These beautiful little ducklings arrived at WAF recently after being abandoned by their mother.

They were given a thorough checkup by volunteer vet, Anthony, who found one of the pair to be slightly struggling to use one of its legs.

Luckily, the leg was not broken, but it will need veterinary attention if it is to recover. After being given anti-inflammatories and painkillers, both were moved into one of our pens and we will do all we can to get them back to the wild!


Ducks and their ducklings get stuck in the strangest places and last year we were called out to rescue five young ducklings that had been swept down a storm drain.

Maru, the vet, managed to squeeze herself through the drain bars and the search was on!


Another rescue.....a duckling

Again, at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. From its Facebook page:

Thank you to the students and teachers at the Montessori school in Hoffman Estates for helping this injured duckling whose mom and siblings were all killed by a driver yesterday. This surviving duckling sustained multiple fractures in the left foot and a fracture to the right leg (proximal tibiotarsus).

The little kids had a moment I bet they won’t forget!


Missionaries rescue ducklings from storm drain.


Sometimes things just don’t go to plan, and as hard as we try, we can’t get the ideal result.

This little yellow mallard duckling was found in a park in Reigate by a member of the public, after falling from its nest and knocking itself unconscious. Although initially dazed, it quickly picked up, and we had high hopes in getting it back with its mum.

Sadly though, it just wasn’t to be… Despite us spending an afternoon wading through a lake trying, its mum refused to take it back..

We recovered the poor duckling again, and after warming it up and drying it out, it was back into one of our nice, warm incubators for some rest.

Like with our gosling, we put a mirror into its cage to stimulate self-awareness and remove human dependency. It will now stay with us until it’s big enough to be released!

At Disney today a bunch of ducklings fell down into a sewer drain and I was TRAUMATIZED like I couldn’t even have fun after that but then a crew of Disney team members rescued the ducklings with nets and stuff so I hope they’re all ok