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Ryan the duckling

Tadorna variegata


A Paradise Shelduck duckling, found drifting from the Estuary to the sea, near the Shag Rock, Sumner, Christchurch. The seagulls were attacking it, and I gave it the chase of it's life, trying to keep it away from the sea and the attacking seagulls, and finally with the help of a very polite lady and her little son, Ryan, we managed to catch it and I took it home with me (because I was all wet, due to the battle with the waves), before we handed it on to a wild animal/bird rescue clinic, where they kept it along with other little ducklings of it's species. We named the duckling Ryan, and we called the whole mission, "Saving duckling Ryan" :)


In the 1st pic, my husband holds the duckling, for the pic...We always have a small cardboard box ib the car, in case we find an animal needing help...

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I used to raise baby hedgehogs in Greece (where they are protected), and I continued in raising them here too ( in NZ they are considered a pest species). I worked as a wildlife volunteer for 8 years in Greece, mostly with birds of all kinds and hedgehogs, among other small mammals, and for the last 4 years in NZ, only with hedgehogs...
Bigger mammals in Greece (like bears and wolfs), marine mammals and sea turtles, go to specialised wildlife centers, designated for their species...
It's a bit complicated, but it still works OK, with the help of volunteer groups and individuals...

ShannaB 8 years ago

Great save, Despina! Do you rescue and rehabilitate mammals regularly? My husband does reptiles and amphibians.

I am not really familiar with duckling raising, I am specialised in small mammals. I believe Ryan did very well, and I am sure he was released succesfully :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Beautiful story, Despina! I used to raise ducklings in my childhood. I keep fond memories of this. They made excellent pets. I hope he can be released safely once he grows up :-)

Dear @SatyenM, I had 2 great helpers, who assisted me during this mission...That's why we named the duckling, Ryan...To honor Ryan and his mom :)

@Jellyfishnebula, I wish I could raise him, but I am sure the people in the clinic, they did their best :)

Thank you dear @sarahaw1981, he was hard to get :)

Dear @Argy, I'm sure he did great :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Great job! Thanks for saving Ryan :-)

Jellyfishnebula 8 years ago

Go mission Ryan!

sarahaw1981 8 years ago

Fab' little guy :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Go Ryan!

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

Spotted on Oct 10, 2010
Submitted on Jan 18, 2013


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