Yesterday (11th October), we released lots of our waterbirds that were all ready to return to life in the wild. They all went off very well and were greeted by many others at the reservoir!
In total, we released 15 mallard ducks, 6 swans, 5 tufted ducks, 2 moorhens and a great crested grebe.
All of these waterbirds came into us for various different reasons and their treatment and rehabilitation periods have all varied. The great crested grebe had the shortest of stays with us of only a couple of days. He had crash landed into a field and due to the positioning of a grebe’s legs, they are unable to walk very far on land and cannot take off without a stretch of water, meaning he was grounded. Thankfully he was brought into us and was given a full checkover before his return to the wild.
The group of 5 tufted ducks, and many of the mallards came into us as newly hatched ducklings. As mother ducks come away from water to have their young, they can often get disturbed by human activity, causing her to abandon them as she feels threatened. It is always best to keep a large distance away from them and if there is cause for concern, contact a wildlife rescue for advice.
None of this work would be possible without your help! If you would like to help towards the costs of rehabilitating more animals like these, please visit our justgiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/leicestershirewildlifehospital.
Please enjoy the following video of the releases:
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