This week we have three little patients of the week named Huey, Dewey and Louie who are three little Australian Wood Ducks from Gaven.
A member of the public called the police to alert them of a family of ducks crossing the M1. These three little ducklings became separated from the family, but thankfully Constables Everett and Dowling were on the scene to scoop them up to safety. Attempts to reunite the ducklings with their parents were unsuccessful, so they were bought down to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
Luckily the patients were not injured but they were a bit shaken up from their eventful morning. Huey, Dewey and Louie received some much needed TLC that consisted of warmth and feeding.
The patients will go out to a wildlife carer today where they will be united with a family of other orphaned ducklings. Once these ducklings are old enough to care for themselves, they will be released as a family back into the wild.
The ducklings will need an artificial heat source, as well as a mixture of seed and greens currently. As they grow, they will progress to an outdoor enclosure where they can learn to eat from grass and swim.
You can help patients like Huey, Dewey and Louie by watching out for wildlife crossing the road, and slowing down when you see warning signs for wildlife.
You can also help patients like these by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
Together we can make a difference!
The Australian wood duck can be distinguished by its brown head and pale grey feathers with 2 black stripes aligning its back, it is a of a medium size and is often referred to as the maned duck.
The Australian wood duck is a common and widespread duck found all over Australia including Tasmania. They inhabit grasslands, wetlands, flooded meadows and bays around the Coast. They can also be found on farms with dams, sewage ponds and are common in town parks.
Wood ducks nest in tree hollows, and after hatching, the babies have to jump several metres down to the ground.