DUCKLINGS’ DAY OUT NOT ALL IT’S QUACKED UP TO BE
SIX baby ducklings got themselves into a sticky situation on Sunday morning when they became stuck in a stormwater drain in Colyton.
The RSPCA was called to Kent Place, Colyton, about 10.30am after residents heard ducks squawking loudly above a drain.
RSPCA inspector Tyson Hohlein told The Standard the ducklings had fallen down the 2m drain and were trapped.
“When I arrived I attempted to catch the mum and dad ducks as they were being very protective of the chicks,” Mr Hohlein said.
“I could hear the baby ducks chirping inside and I squeezed in and crawled about 40m down the drain to collect them.
“I was down there for at least an hour just chasing them so my legs are sore but it was definitely worth it,” he said.
Inspector Hohlein then scoured the area to find the ducklings’ parents, but had no success.
“Usually we reunite the ducks with their parents, but I did a drive around the area and just couldn’t find them again,” he said.
The ducks were adopted and joined WIRES volunteer Inga Schwaiger in her Glenfield home.
“They are doing really well; they have been buddied up with some other ducks I have and are eating well,” she said.
“I look after a heap of animals, and have been volunteering with WIRES for two years – it is very rewarding,”
The six ducks joined a menagerie of animals at Mrs Schwaiger’s home, including a tawny frogmouth, a rainbow lorikeet, a lizard and a few turtles.
After a few months the ducks will be released near where they were found.
A WIRES spokeswoman encouraged residents to remain vigilant if they saw an animal in distress.
“If you find a native animal in need animal please call WIRES on 1300 094 737,” she said.
WIRES runs almost entirely on donations. For more details or to make a donation, visit wires.org.au or call 8977 3396.
The little ducklings rescued from a drain in Colyton are being well looked after by a WIRES carer in Glenfield.