Duck saved from ‘certain death’
A little Kiwi ingenuity goes a long way.
This was evident when South Waikato SPCA staff had to rescue a duck from Lake Moananui entangled in fishing line.
South Waikato SPCA centre manager and inspector Lorna Hutchinson said: ‘‘Ron Stephenson at Lake Moananui rang me to say there was a duck, small and black, caught up with a branch and nylon fishing line, such that it couldn’t dive or fly so would eventually starve to death.’’
The duck proved elusive so the pair gathered a kayak to aid their rescue attempts.
‘‘ Wayne Hardwick
kindly hopped in and off he went down round the lake as the duck was way out by now, with Ron keeping vigil.
‘‘Wayne eventually, after chasing it down and back up the lake, caught it,’’ she said.
The group then cut the nylon
South Waikato SPCA centre manager and inspector Lorna Hutchinson untangles the fishing line from around the bird. from around it. ‘‘I cut the nylon which was wrapped around his leg three times and with no wounds, I said to Ron ‘set it free’.
‘‘He did so with much pleasure at saving one duck from certain death.’’