Patient of the Week
This week’s patient is a Pacific Black Duck named Flynn. Only weeks old and weighing in at a tiny 15g this precious duckling was found alone and distressed by a kind member of the public who brought him in to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
Unfortunately orphaned ducklings don’t have a good chance of survival if they are kept alone. Ducklings need to eat regularly and be kept warm in order to survive, and they get their warmth from snuggling up together in the wild.
When a duckling is separated from its family it is not likely to eat due to stress which can quickly result in hyperglycemia. We are keeping little Flynn nice and warm in our heat room, and his spirits high with his substitute plushy “mum”. The clock is ticking until he is transferred to a carer to be with other ducklings.
Flynn will grow up with other orphans his age until they are old enough to be released back into the wild. If you ever find a duckling on its own the most important thing to do is to see if its family is nearby and reunite them – this is always the best option. If this is not possible, keep the duckling warm and quiet and bring it to us at the Wildlife Hospital where we can provide critical care until we are able to find a new family for the duckling to grow up with.
Remember you can donate to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation and help save the lives of our precious wildlife patients just like Flynn!