These two juvenile ducks were found following people into a cafe in downtown State College. One of our interns happened to be there and saw it happening, and brought them in. They have no fear of humans, and were both fairly skinny by the time they arrived. Their wings are also clipped.
All signs point to the fact that these were probably “Easter ducklings” - marketed as a cute, fuzzy gift for children around the holiday. They became acclimated to being cared for by humans, and lost all of their natural fear. Once they started growing, and turning into actual adult ducks, they were dumped and, hungry, lost, and confused, they started tailing whichever humans they could find.
They’re very sweet, and hate to be separated. Yesterday while I was washing some crud off of the feet of the black one, his friend made quite the racket. He only settled down when they were back together.
We’ll get their weight back up, and hang on to them until they’ve matured, and then they’ll be placed with one of our volunteers who lives on a farm with a lake. She takes in all of our misfit ducks, and takes wonderful care of them.
But please folks, understand that animals are not disposable. Whether it’s a dog, or a cat, or a lizard, or a duckling, if you purchase a creature you’re taking responsibility for it for the rest of it’s natural life.
(via metazoa-etcetera)Source: carriemp