INDIAN TRAIL, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Carolina Waterfowl Rescue recently rescued 43 ducks from Martin Luther King Park in Statesville after several reports of injured and domestic ducks in the area.
Injurying herself and surrendering birds is an unfortunate part of the rescue job, but when reports from Statesville began to grow increasingly cruel, Jennifer Gordon knew it was time to intervene.
“We had obtained a duck which had been shot with BB pellets. And then we had a duck that got beaten, ”said Carolina Waterfowl Rescue director. “A lady came that week, who brought us another bird that was injured, and said she found a duck with its legs cut off. “
Gordon and his team coordinated with the city of Statesville and spent all day July 10 picking up injured and domestic ducks in the park. Domestic ducks are not intended for the wild and are often dumped by owners who no longer want them.
“These ducks are unable to fly, they can’t always find their own food, and their instincts have been pushed out of them,” Gordon said.
Gordon said removing domestic ducks from the wild can help wild ducks thrive.
“You will see nutritional deficiencies in wild waterfowl in the park which you will not find in the wild, because when you introduce domestic ducks, like those who beg for food and eat food, waterfowl they also stop looking. food, ”she said.
Usually, food given to ducks in the wild is not a healthy option and can lead to many health problems.
Now the folks at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue are preparing the ducks for adoption.
“We are looking for houses where most people have land. You must be zoned for farm animals. And they make great pets, ”Gordon said. “It was very gratifying to come in and know that these animals are going to be safe now and that they will not be mistreated again.”
Carolina Waterfowl Rescue has a 24/7 hotline that you can use to contact them if you see a bird in need of rescue. They also encourage people to take pictures if they see an abused animal.