Duck saved from ‘cer­tain death’

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.’’

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