‘Duck man’ just quackers about birds
‘‘There are plenty of people to look after furry animals such as cats and dogs but very few look after birds.’’
If you find an injured bird somewhere in the Wellington region the chances are it will end up in the hands of Craig Shepherd.
Known as ‘‘The Duckman’’, Shepherd treats and rehabilitates injured birds from the hospital at his Ohariu Valley home.
He told Kapi-Mana News what motivates him, what scares him and why he doesn’t support boxing.
Why do you feel so strongly about helping birds?
They are amazing animals which unfortunately very few people know much about how to care for when orphaned, sick or injured.
There are plenty of people and organisations to look after furry animals such as cats and dogs but very few look after birds.
How do you relax?
Feet up watching something funny on television. It takes my mind away from all the seemingly never- ending list of tasks I find I wish/need to do.
If you could invite three people to dinner - living or dead - who would they be and why?
Leaving aside my dear departed parents I would invite Barry Cossar, a neighbour I used to work for in my holidays to thank him for the opportunities that helped me set up career-wise.
David Attenborough for the amazing man he is and Donald Trump to try and understand what makes him tick.
What’s your favourite place to be?
Home in Ohariu Valley: pretty much all my interests other than ambulance work are at my home.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
To be able to catch injured birds that otherwise fly off so I can help take care of them. It’s very hard to watch a bird you can’t catch to treat or humanely euthanise.
What scares you?
Angry people and bullies who hurt other people either physically or emotionally. I see too many of these people, mostly in an ambulance setting when you are attending victims of violence.
I won’t watch boxing as I consider it legalised assaulted and I have seen too many people assaulted seemingly for no real reason.
What was your highlight of 2016?
Just getting to 2017 and still being mostly sane.
Craig Shepherd (Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust) with an orphaned duckling. Craig Shepherd