Plas­tic ring found on duck in Oys­ter Har­bour

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Saskia Adysti

A duck with a plas­tic ring stuck around its neck has been res­cued from Oys­ter Har­bour.

The duck was spot­ted by res­i­dent Clare Okane, with the dis­turb­ing sight prompt­ing her to alert au­thor­i­ties.

She said it took four phone calls un­til she was di­rected to WA Seabirds Res­cue Group to at­tend to the mat­ter.

WA Se­abird Res­cue co-or­di­na­tor Carol Bid­dulph said there were at least three peo­ple who had re­ported the mat­ter.

Ms Okane orig­i­nally thought it might have been a PVC pipe stuck around the duck’s neck but res­cuers said it was plas­tic-ring lit­ter the duck might have dab­bled with.

Af­ter a sec­ond visit to res­cue the duck, the group found it had man­aged to get the plas­tic ring off its neck.

How­ever, WA Se­abird Res­cue is con­cerned the duck was a do­mes­tic species that may have once been some­one’s pet.

“Un­for­tu­nately peo­ple of­ten dump their do­mes­tic ducks in a pub­lic place,” Ms Bid­dulph said.

The duck’s story did have a happy end­ing but Ms Bid­dulph said this wasn’t al­ways the case

“So I would like to en­cour­age peo­ple to pick up their lit­ter as it could en­dan­ger wildlife around our area,” she said.

The duck with plas­tic stuck around its neck.

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