Two ducks which were found bleeding profusely near the Cobb Highway car wash and roadhouse earlier this week have been nursed back to health and are expected to be re-homed by today.
The two ducks were bleeding from their wings, which had been cut.
Deniliquin vet Nigel McMahon said he does not believe the injuries were inflicted maliciously.
‘‘It appears that the flight feathers have been clipped to prevent flying, but have been cut back too far leading to bleeding from the feather base,’’ he said.
‘‘A tissue glue was applied (Tuesday night) to prevent further blood loss, followed by ongoing wound management on Wednesday.
‘‘The ducks are in good health, the bleeding has stopped and they are eating and drinking at the clinic.
‘‘The plan is to transport them to a new home by Friday as long as the wounds are healthy,’’ Mr McMahon said yesterday.
Mr McMahon said the Deniliquin Vet Clinic had received three offers to re-home the pet ducks, but he hoped they could be returned to their original owners.
The ducks were recovered by teenagers Jess Bish and Chelsea Fitzpatrick just before 11pm, and they enlisted the help of Jess’s mum Casey Atkins.
All are animal lovers, and Ms Atkins said the discovery was quite upsetting as it looked as though the injured birds had been dumped by the roadside.
‘‘Jess and her friends were on their way home from the bus after a day in Wagga and they came across the ducks near the car wash,’’ Ms Atkins said.
‘‘She rang me and asked if she could bring them home because they were bleeding, but it wasn’t until she got home I realised the full extent of what was happening.
‘‘Jess is a real animal lover and shows poultry, so she wanted to help.
‘‘They just kept bleeding so I posted on Facebook asking for advice.
‘‘From that I contacted the vet clinic and Nigel was on call and assured us the injuries should not be fatal.’’
Mr McMahon said the injuries to the ducks was an isolated case, but said vets regularly receive and assess injured wildlife at the clinic.
He said in the first instance, injured wildlife should be reported to WIRES — call 1300094737.