A helping hand for early birds
A local charity stepped in to save a flock of ducklings rescued from the roadside in Emsworth.
The eight ‘early birds’, which hatched four months earlier than expected, were picked up after their mother and three siblings were tragically struck by a car and killed.
They were taken to Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery in Horsham, who contacted Tarnya Knight, a local wildlife carer, who works for the Born Free Foundation.
Tarnya will now look after the mini-mallards until the spring. She said: “Normally you wouldn’t see ducklings until around April, but due to the unusually warm weather this little brood has hatched early.
“Despite their sad start to life, these little ones are actually very lucky to have been brought to safety. By the time spring arrives officially, they will be ready to be released back into the wild.”
The eight ducklings have been nicknamed: Mike, Carol, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy, after the ‘Brady Bunch’ family.
Find out more about the Born Free Foundation at: www.bornfree.org.uk