Duncan duck released from West Shore rehab

Duck saved by BC SPCA Wild ARC volunteers with multiple surgeries then released in Duncan

  • Feb. 21, 2013 5:00 p.m.
A Lesser Scaup rescued by a Duncan SPCA staff member on Jan. 4 gets a scrub at the BC SPCA Wild ARC for rehabilitation.

A Lesser Scaup rescued by a Duncan SPCA staff member on Jan. 4 gets a scrub at the BC SPCA Wild ARC for rehabilitation.

Recently a Scaup duck ran into trouble in Duncan when he was attacked by a hawk, and ended up with several puncture wounds to his neck.

The duck was transferred to Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin, where rehabilitators noticed the Scaup had feet sores in addition to his neck wounds, and were worried the sores were too severe to heal completely.

Once the Scaup was stabilized, he required surgery to repair the neck wounds. The surgery was successful, but the Scaup’s feet sores were still a concern – when seabirds develop such sores, it is often a death sentence.

Fortunately, the rehabilitators at Wild ARC were able to perform an additional surgery on the bird’s feet to treat the affected areas and allow them to heal. The Scaup also needed assisted feedings to sustain his good body condition, as often seabirds and diving ducks are reluctant to eat when in captivity.

Following two weeks of intensive care consisting of antibiotics, antifungal medication, probiotics, pain control, homoepathic remedies and wound care, the Lesser Scaup duck, now fully recovered, was released at the Duncan Fish Hatchery on Monday, Feb. 18, where he paddled down the waterway to join dozens of other local birds.

 

To support Wild ARC’s efforts in caring for wild patients visit wildarc.com.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An architectural rendering provides a look at PC Urban’s proposal for three buildings on the former Galaxy Motors property at 1764 Island Hwy. in Colwood. (Rendering courtesy of PC Urban)
Commercial/industrial development planned for former Galaxy Motors site

Colwood proposal goes to public hearing Jan. 25

Colin Springford doing what he loved best, tending to his garden. (Linda Matteson photo)
Longtime farmer Colin Springford dies at age 75

‘He will be deeply missed, always loved and never forgotten’

Inmates at Metchosin’s William Head Institution are being given COVID-19 vaccines as part of the first phase. Around 600 inmates will be vaccinated in the coming days. (Black Press Media file photo)
William Head inmates in Metchosin receive their first doses of COVID vaccine

Priority set for older inmates and those with underlying medical conditions

Scaredy Cats television series has turned Empress Avenue in Fernwood into a Halloween themed neighbourhood. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Trick or treat! Halloween comes to Fernwood in January

New television series Scaredy Cats filming in Victoria

Syringe is prepared with one of B.C.’s first vials of Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19, Victoria, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 caseload stays steady with 465 more Tuesday

No new outbreaks in health care facilities, 12 more deaths

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canadian malls, conference centres, hotels offer up space for COVID vaccination centres

Commercial real estate association REALPAC said that a similar initiative was seeing success in the U.K.

(Black Press Media file photo)
From arts to environment, nominate your West Shore hero

Nominations for the Goldstream Gazette’s Local Hero awards are open

Flags line the National Mall towards the Capitol Building as events get underway for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.
Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society offers support for families in the community

New non-profit seeking directors in cities across Vancouver Island

A memorial for the fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Tisdale, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

Sidhu was sentenced almost two years ago to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving

Stand up paddleboarder Christie Jamieson is humbled to her knees as a pod of transient orcas put on a dramatic show on Jan. 19 in the Ucluelet Harbour. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Updated: Ucluelet paddle boarder surrounded by pod of orcas

“My whole body is still shaking. I don’t even know what to do with this energy.”

Chilliwack ER doctor Marc Greidanus is featured in a video, published Jan. 18, 2021, where he demonstrates and describes effectiveness of various styles of masks. (Youtube)
VIDEO: Emergency room doctor runs through pros and cons of various masks

‘We’ve been asked to wear a mask and it’s not that hard,’ Greidanus says.

(Pixabay photo)
‘Cocaine bananas’ arrive at Kelowna grocery stores after mix up from Colombia: RCMP

Kelowna RCMP recently concluded an international drug investigation after finding cocaine in local grocers’ banana shipments in 2019

Most Read