It was a happy ending this week for 10 ducklings rescued by Enquirer reporters Rachel Richardson and Sheila McLaughlin.
The reporters rescued the one-week-old ducklings May 3 after the mother duck led the brood on an unfortunate detour across Cox Road near the entrance of Voice of America Park in West Chester and was struck by an SUV.
The mother duck appeared to have a broken leg, but flew off when approached by the reporters and could not be found. An 11th duckling found beneath its mother died moments later.
On the advice of the Animal Hospital on Mt. Lookout Square, the reporters rounded up the surviving ducklings and turned them over to a certified wildlife rehabilitator with Second Chance Wildlife, a nonprofit organization of wildlife volunteers.
The 10 ducks, now about a foot tall, were released this week to a pond on the rehabilitator’s property, where they joined a group of 29 other wild and rescued ducks.
“They are doing marvelously,” reports the rehabilitator. “They even have a few male wild Mallard ducks that hang around them like their bodyguards.”
Second Chance Wildlife’s network of state- and federally-licensed volunteers help more than 3,500 wild animals each year. For more information, go to www.secondchancewildlife.org.