What are the chances of receiving two pekin ducklings from different parks on the same day, each with a broken leg? Well, that is exactly what happened to us. Read their stories below!
Fern was rescued by Judy from a park in Sacramento with a fracture and dislocation of the right femur. Judy took her to a local veterinarian where she was splinted. Judy also rescued Fern's two friends, a pekin and a runner. All three were just young ducklings and had been dumped at the lake the night prior. Fern was then taken to Medical Center For Birds for evaluation of her femur with hopes it could be repaired surgically. Unfortunately, her injury was such that it could not be repaired. She was placed in soft hobbles for 2 weeks and they dramatically improved her ability to walk. Fern is also all grown up now and she is thriving at Pasquetti's Animal Resort, our second rescue location in Sacramento.
Dallas came from a park in Concord with a compound fracture of the left leg. We don't know what happened but we are very grateful to Gretchen who found him, took him home, and contacted us for help. She transported him to Medical Center For Birds where it was initally thought he would need complex surgery to repair the leg. The leg wounds were cleaned extensively and the fracture was splinted. He was started on anti-inflammatories until the swelling went down. Lo and behold a few days later, the fracture had already started healing and after a veterinarian pow wow, they decided he did not need surgery after all. Being a very young duck, they believed he would heal fully without surgery. Today, Dallas is fully grown and he doesn't even have a limp. He is one lucky dude and we are so glad we could help him.
We are so thankful to all of you who continue to support our birds. Current times are difficult and while the rescue has felt the effects with a decrease in donations, we are confident that we can continue our work to save the lives of dumped ducks and geese. We send our positive thoughts of love and peace to all of you.
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