The perils of city life for native animals were brought home to us here recently when a mother wood duck and three of her ducklings were sent to us. The mother duck had been crossing a busy road to get to the river when she and her ducklings were struck by a car.
Unfortunately, most of the ducklings were lost but some caring passersby rescued mother duck and her surviving babies and rushed them to us.
Amazingly the mother and babies were unharmed but they were very dazed and shocked. We hospitalized them, kept them warm and established that they were all well. That evening, Carly, one of our nurses, took the ducks to a wildlife carer, who will release the duck family back to their environment.
Our thanks go to the duck rescuers and the wildlife carer. We hope mother duck will look both ways next time when she crosses the road.