DUCK­LINGS’ DAY OUT NOT ALL IT’S QUACKED UP TO BE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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.

Pic­ture: Ian Sve­g­ovic

The lit­tle duck­lings res­cued from a drain in Coly­ton are be­ing well looked af­ter by a WIRES carer in Glen­field.

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