Rescued ducklings released back into the wild

Annette Pyrah returns the ducklings to the River Foss in York

Two of the ducklings being looked after at Selby Wildlife Centre shortly after they were rescued in November

The ducklings last November near the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, in Fossgate

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Ducklings born out of season and rescued by a North Yorkshire wildlife centre have been successfully released back into the wild.

The four ducks were set free on to the River Foss at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, in Fossgate, by Annette Pyrah, of Selby Wildlife Rescue.

They were immediately drawn to one duck which could have been their mother.

Annette said: “It’s important that they get back to life in the wild. We can’t keep them in captivity. If I hadn’t released them now, they would have flown off.”

The ducklings were discovered wandering among Christmas shoppers in York after hatching unseasonably late in November.

Annette was made aware by concerned passers-by, and came to collect the surviving four from the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.

“The mild autumn confused their mother,” she said. “If they had been left, they could all have been picked off by sparrowhawks. The main danger for them would have been cold weather.”

The ducklings were kept under a heat lamp and given special care to ensure they survived, and to prepare them for their return to the wild.

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12:38pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Kathy 2010 says...

Great to see a happy story. Well done Selby Wildlife and the people who reported the plight of these ducklings.
Great to see a happy story. Well done Selby Wildlife and the people who reported the plight of these ducklings. Kathy 2010
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1:55pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 7

6:10pm Fri 17 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

Don't tell the duck dynasty boys to much or they will end up on Phil's family plate at the end of each programme !!
Don't tell the duck dynasty boys to much or they will end up on Phil's family plate at the end of each programme !! smudge2
  • Score: 1

6:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

thecairnman says...

why can't everybody treat animals like this
why can't everybody treat animals like this thecairnman
  • Score: 7

9:30am Sat 18 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

thecairnman wrote:
why can't everybody treat animals like this
Because most people only want to eat them..
[quote][p][bold]thecairnman[/bold] wrote: why can't everybody treat animals like this[/p][/quote]Because most people only want to eat them.. smudge2
  • Score: 3

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