Medical Emergency Fund Page for 11 Mallard ducklings
Orphaned, alone and scared on the side of the road, these ducklings were found in a bad situation.
These 11 Mallard ducklings were all orphaned when their mother was struck and killed by a car, right in front of them. Luckily, they were found in time for a member of the public to stop and safely collect them.
Weighing in at around 30 grams each, these babies were only a few days old, but very healthy. Mallards are precocial birds, meaning they are able to walk and feed themselves right after hatching. Their mom will quickly lead the newborn babies to a nearby water source in a small parade of ducklings. While they’re less dependent than other newborns, they still rely on their mothers to teach them how and where to feed safely. Unfortunately, these ducklings will not be able to grow and learn in the wild with their mom.
Instead, they will be raised in care at Wild ARC. Our staff and volunteer team will do everything they can to make sure these ducklings develop normally and learn how to be wild ducks as best they can. This will include providing them a specialized diet so they grow up healthy and don’t develop any nutritional deficiencies. Their time interacting with people will be kept to a minimum, and they’ll be housed with their siblings and other Mallards to learn natural behaviours during their stay in care.
Unfortunately, these orphaned ducklings are just the first of many Wild ARC expects to see over the next few months. Mallard ducklings are a common patient at the centre, most coming in after their mother is killed or scared off by people and their pets. Please slow down when driving and be aware of your surroundings. Especially during baby season, keep cats indoors whenever possible, and keep dogs safely leashed when walking them.
These babies spend months in care until they are old enough to be released, and the cost to properly care for all of them adds up. You can help these darling ducklings today. If the cost of care is raised for these ducklings, additional funds will provide care for other wild animals in need.