Crossbow victim duck is reunited with mate

Jewison Lane Duck Pond.'Duck returned from the Wildlife trust after treatment'PA1215-6b'Back to full health
Jewison Lane Duck Pond.'Duck returned from the Wildlife trust after treatment'PA1215-6b'Back to full health

A DUCK shot with a crossbow has been reunited with its mate after the bolt lodged in its belly was removed.

The Free Press reported two weeks ago that a small white duck, at the pond on Jewison Lane, had been shot and had a bolt stuck in its body.

On the same weekend, two Indian Runner ducks were killed when a spaniel was unleashed at the pond, leading to a police and RSPCA investigation.

However one Jewison Lane resident, Sandra Vyas, contacted Scarborough Wildlife Rescue - a voluntary organisation - to help. They went to the pond last week to try and catch the white duck, eventually succeeding on Thursday afternoon before taking it to the vets to have the bolt removed.

“It is wonderful to see her mate (a green mallard) fly straight over to her when she was released, it makes the job a bit easier when it has a happy ending,” said Jim Ward, of Scarborough Wildlife Rescue.

“Thankfully the bolt itself missed her vital organs otherwise she wouldn’t have been so lucky.”

Despite the six inch bolt through her stomach, the duck could still fly - making it a challenge for Jim and his team to catch her.

“We came and tried to get her in the undergrowth and we used netting to catch her, but it was quite difficult.

“We took her to the vets and got her back here in less than a day so her mate wouldn’t have missed her too much.

“I can’t understand who would want to do such a thing as to shoot a duck with a crossbow, and what happened to the other two ducks which were killed was particularly cruel.”

Sandra Vyas, who lives opposite the duck pond which is situated on private land at the Muntons malting site on Jewison Lane, regularly feeds ducks in her front garden and witnessed the dog attack on the other ducks a fortnight ago.

“I’m delighted that Scarborough Wildlife Rescue has been able to catch her and get her safely back into the pond, it’s so rare that these horrible stories have a happy ending,” said Sandra.

“It was such a shame to see the other ducks killed but a miracle that the crossbow bolt has been removed from this one and she can get back to her mate.”

The Scarborough Wildlife Rescue service helped over 700 sea-birds last year and relies on donations to survive. If you can help, contact Jim on 07957 108191.