Rescued ducklings have a quacking time

FIVE ducklings who were rescued when their mother was killed on an Ipswich road are today the picture of health in their new home.

By LISA WOOLLARD

lisa.woollard@eveningstar.co.uk - pic to be taken today (Monday) at 2pm>

FIVE ducklings who were rescued when their mother was killed on an Ipswich road are today the picture of health in their new home.

The fluffy bundles were just five-weeks-old when they were rescued by borough council workers after their mother was run over close to Bourne Bridge, last October.


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Jack Goodwin, who used to run a bird sanctuary called On the Wing Rescue, nursed them back to health before finding them a new home.

Mr Goodwin, of Glamorgan Road, Maidenhall, said: “I haven't got the space at home that I would like to have for birds such as these.

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“So after I was confident that they were well I took them to a bird sanctuary in Mistley where they have five acres to run around in.

“They went there about a month ago now and were doing really well. They had feathered by the time they went and looked the picture of health.

“I sometimes pass by the centre and stop off to feed them. They seem really happy.”

Mr Goodwin believes the birds are cross-bred, with white Aylesburies and wild mallards sharing the parentage.

Maureen Taylor, of the Mistley Place Park bird sanctuary, said she did not have to think twice about re-homing the orphans.

She said: “We run the centre for several animals such as these that need our help.

“They are fine and enjoy the big lake here. They also get on well with the other birds that live here.

“No doubt with the spring coming up we will see several new ducklings from them too.”

N Have you rescued birds? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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