English winter ducklings saved


This video says about itself:

A mother duck looks on while twelve of her adorable ducklings attempt to overcome what is to them a very large obstacle, the stairs. Will they make it? Watch and find out!

From Wildlife Extra:

Early-Bird Ducklings Have A Lucky Escape

With reports of daffodils in December and the warmest winter on record, it looks like spring has sprung much earlier than expected in 2016.

It’s not just the local flora that has been confused by the unseasonably warm conditions, as this week, eight tiny ducklings were picked up in Emsworth, Hampshire, having hatched some four months earlier than expected.

These adorable little ‘early birds’, thought to be just a few days old when found, were rescued from the roadside after their mother and three siblings were tragically struck by a car and killed. They were taken to Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery in Horsham, who contacted Tarnya Knight, a local wildlife carer, who works for the Born Free Foundation.

Tarnya will now look after the mini-mallards until the spring. She said: “Normally you wouldn’t see ducklings until around April, but due to the unusually warm weather this little brood has hatched early. Depending on how cold it is outside, I’ll keep them indoors for a few weeks and then they’ll be moved to a duck pen outside where they will stay until they are old enough to fend for themselves.”

The eight ducklings have affectionately been nicknamed: Mike, Carol, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy, after the ‘Brady Bunch’ family.

Tarnya added: ”Despite their sad start to life, these little ones are actually very lucky to have been brought to safety. By the time spring arrives officially, they will be ready to be released back into the wild.”

2 thoughts on “English winter ducklings saved

  1. Very sad case damn shame–but am relieved that some were spared and are getting help! Yes this weather has been ridiciously to say the least! My hyacinths and irises were coming up until late. I blame it on global warming & climate change, which we are responsible for–one word for that: Cowspiracy

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    • Hi, in itself one unusually warm winter in one place does not need to be a proof of global warming. However, when the average temperatures of several winters in many places are high …

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