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East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to these 10 ducklings after their mum disappeared over night. The youngsters which were approximately 48 hours old, would not survive long without their mum being present.
Those living at the property had watched to see if mum would return for several hours, but there was no sign of her.
Rescuers using boats and nets were able to catch the duckling on the pond which was at the rear of a property in rural Cowbeach near Hailsham. Rescue Co-ordinator Trevor Weeks said “It was an absolute stroke of luck to catch 9 of the 10 in one go. That rearly happens when catching them on water”.
The final duckling was much harder to catch but after a couple of attempts he was also capture and reunited with his brothers and sisters.
The ducklings were taken to East Sussex WRAS’s veterinary hospital at Whitesmith East Sussex, where they will be reared along with over 50 others. 13 ducklings have already been reared and recently released too.
Over the past month East Sussex WRAS has been called out to numerous rescues situations, including some orphaned ducklings at Haywards Heath, a mum and ducklings walking through the streets at Stone Cross near Eastbourne, mum and two ducklings getting into trouble on the busy main road through Ringmer, some orphaned ducklings in a stream near Heathfield, Mum and duckings struggling to find their way to a pond at Langney, Mum and ducklings in Uckfield where three ended up having to be rescued after falling down drains, as well as a mum which had nested in a false chimney in a house in Uckfield. There have also been numerous rescue where ducklings have been caught by cats.
Trevor Weeks MBE
Founder & Operations Director
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)
Reg Charity 1108880
24Hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234
Trevor’s Private Mobile: 07494-126280
Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.