Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue warns people with no wild experience to ask for help before taking action, after their worst ever called and was described as a massacre of ducklings in Grimsby.
The volunteer rescue team was called in at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 15 after a woman was certified releasing young ducklings without a mother duck in a section of the Freshney River known as “Green Bridge.”
Another wild mother duck was already deadly, with six ducklings dead before the volunteers could even enter the water. A total of nine ducks were tragically killed.
One duckling was rescued by two local boys named Leyton and Mitchell, who managed to catch it when it was near the edge. This duckling is currently in critical condition in an intensive care unit.
Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue wants this to be a warning to others and said: “Everywhere there were duckling bodies and we have never witnessed such an act of unintentional cruelty.
“Please, we ask, if you have not had experience with wildlife and you are not sure to contact a local rescue. Most veterinarians will also have contact for your local natural rescue team.
“This was a terrible sight not only for our team, but the young kids passing by. We have a broken heart, sad, angry and destroyed. “
It was a very busy day for the team, who on Thursday pitched 25 calls until 12 noon, with some calling on one of their partners – Cherry Cottage Wildlife Rescue.
They were in the water for about two hours and on the spot even longer. It broke the hearts and morale of the whole team, who all support each other and took a few free hours before returning to work.
The woman who released them then contacted the rescue saying she found them walking on the street. She tried to get the mother duck, but couldn’t, so she released them into the water and then told the team she was feeling desperate.
Aaron Goss, who is one of the volunteers at Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue, said The Lincolnite this kind of event can be common, especially if there is no mother duck to care for her chicks, but that this could be avoided.
He said: “If you find ducklings or young animals without mothers and have never experienced wild animals, please contact rescue who will give free advice, and this can help prevent it from happening again.
“People shouldn’t bother with things they don’t know. They may have good intentions, but they don’t understand that wildlife is a different kind of life to humans and that asking for help could save lives. “
This month also Cleethorpes Wildlife Rescue rescued a fox that was minutes away from killing, and helped with the urgent rescue of a seal pup.
As a volunteer rescue service, it does not receive funding other than donations through fundraising to rescue wildlife and stay on the regular food and veterinary bills.
The team is currently trying to raise up to four intensive care incubators – donate here.