RSPCA’s quack response to save ducklings
In the month since the start of the lockdown, the RSPCA has dealt with 261 incidents across East Yorkshire.
The charity has released the figures as part of its emergency appeal, launched to keep its rescue teams out on the road during the coronavirus crisis and continuing to rescue animals most in need.
One of the 261 incidents included the rescue of 10 ducklings in Bridlington.
The group were found without their mum and rescued by RSPCA inspector Laura Barber.
She said: “I was called after residents discovered them in a walled garden in a housing estate at 9am. When I got there they had gone for a toddle off around the estate into different gardens.
“I finally found them huddled together on a path down the side of someone’s house. I was able to catch all ten, by blocking off their exits. There was still no sign of mother even after all the noise they were making.
“With the risk of a couple of cats around I took the decision to remove them and take them to rehab. They were mixed with some other older ducklings in rehab to release when they are older.
“The callers and residents were very helpful and generous with two donations being given to me totalling £50!”
The RSPCA is also urging pet-owners to make an emergency pet-care plan should they be admitted to hospital with coronavirus, including placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside.
To help the RSPCA keep rescuing animals through these unprecedented times people can donate whatever they can spare via the www.rspca.org.uk/covid link.
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