A duck that was tangled in a tree was sent back into the wild last month after a full recovery at the Medicine River Wildlife Centre.

Injured duck makes full recovery

  • Aug. 24, 2010 6:07 p.m.

A duck that was tangled in a tree in Red Deer has been released and is back into the wild thanks to the Medicine River Wildlife Centre (MRWC).

The duck was found tangled in a tall tree with string wrapped around its wings and feet last month and was rescued by the MRWC after a two-day struggle to get free.

A volunteer from the centre was sent to take a look after they got the call and found the duck up high in a tree. Attempts were then made to rescue the duck with climbing gear, but proved unsuccessful.

The City of Red Deer was then called in and a pick ladder was sent out, but also proved unsuccessful because it was too short to reach the duck.

A bigger pick ladder was then sent out and the duck was finally untangled and rescued.

Stephanie Johannson of the MRWC said it took two days to get the duck down and he is now safe where he belongs.

“He had his own hospital room and was good to go the next morning,” said Johannson, “It was quite a little adventure.”

The duck was kept in the outdoor pond at MRWC for monitoring until his recent release.

Carol Kelly, executive director for MRWC said the duck responded really well to the treatments and recovered from the muscle damage caused by being tangled.

The Medicine River Wildlife Center rescues 1,200 injured and orphaned animals and birds every year and are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1st to Labour Day.

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