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Orphaned ducklings saved in Moffat

By Fiona Reid

DUCKLINGS left orphaned after their mother was killed by a dog in Moffat have been rescued.

The Scottish SPCA, Scotland’s animal welfare charity, was called out on Saturday afternoon to help the ducklings at a pond in Station Park, Moffat.
Animal rescue officer Tricia Smith said: “Sadly the mum was killed by a dog, leaving her four ducklings on their own.
“This is an important example of why dogs should be kept on a lead and under control whenever there are wild animals nearby.”

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RESCUE MISSION  . . . volunteers saved the day
As the ducklings were on the water it was extremely difficult for the rescue teach to catch them but luckily locals stepped in and using pedalos all four were safely caught.
Tricia added: “We’d like to say a special thank you and well done to Chloe MacFarlane who caught the last duckling with her fast hands.”
The ducklings are now being cared for at the South of Scotland Wildlife Hospital in Dumfries and will be released back into the wild once they are old enough to fend for themselves.
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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