Kiddos and I just rescued two ducklings.
They were born about a month ago in the neighborhood. Generally doing fine. A couple of weeks ago we noticed Momma wasn’t around as much, and every day she was around a little less. It got to a point where the ducklings were alone most of the time or perhaps tagging along after a couple random drakes.
Last night a neighborhood child came up to me to tell me about the “one-legged duck”. Eh? Investigated and sure enough, one of the ducklings was dragging its left leg. After thinking about what to do and speaking with the folks at the Austin Wildlife Rescue, I decided to take the ducklings in. We caught them, kept them in the garage last night, and today took them over there. They’ll be transferred to their duck rehabber, who has a lot of land and huge pond where they can get better. In fact, the injured duckling seemed to be doing a little better this morning, so maybe just staying off the leg along with some swimming will take care of things.
This is the third time we’ve done a duck rescue, so I guess being an Aggie household, this is officially tradition. 🙂