Urgent appeal not to buy pet ducklings after TikTok trend leads to sanctuaries being ‘inundated’ with baby birds

WILDLIFE charities are urging folks to not purchase ducklings to maintain as pets after a social media development has led to sanctuaries being “inundated” with child birds.

Animal welfare staff are reporting that ducklings are being bought on the road for €5 to maintain as pets.


Charities are caring for the rescued birdsCredit score: WRI WILDLIFE HOSPITAL
Ducklings are being scooped from the canals


Ducklings are being scooped from the canalsCredit score: Alamy Reside Information

Wildlife Rehabilitation Eire stated they’re presently caring for over 100 of the infant birds which might be too younger to outlive on their very own with out their mother and father.

Geese have a lifespan of as much as 15 years and so they have to be rigorously sorted at a younger age with a purpose to keep alive.

With out their moms, ducklings have to be stored heat utilizing a warmth lamp or pad, in addition to fed correctly.

Rachel Johnson from Clondalkin Animal Help stated that their rescue often solely offers with cats and canines however they’ve been overwhelmed with calls since Monday to cope with the infant geese. 

She instructed the Irish Solar: “We’ve taken in about 50 during the last 24 hours. This isn’t going to cease in a single day both, it’s going to go on for the subsequent two weeks. 

“A few of them have been bought already injured, a few of them have damaged legs, a few of them are unhealthy earlier than the folks even take them house. 


“We had been despatched terrible movies and photos of individuals feeding them to the canines alive, different folks chopping off their legs and it’s simply traumatising. 

“The age of those children, 13 and 14. It’s simply terrifying to assume what they’re going to be doing once they’re older. Earlier than Sunday I had by no means heard of this earlier than.”

Gillian Hen, Head of Training and Media on the DSPCA stated that the development of videoing cute ducklings for social media is inflicting big issues for the birds.

She instructed RTE’s Morning Eire: “There’s been a combination of each farmyard ducklings, which is the beautiful little yellow ones and brown ducklings, a few of them we expect may be from completely different breeds of geese however we all know that we positively have some which have come from the wild geese that dwell within the canals and the ponds.


“So we suspect that what’s taking place is that that it is caught on now that individuals know that individuals are going to purchase ducklings in order that they exit to the canals, scoop up a couple of ducklings and so they appear to be promoting them for about €5 every.”

Ms Hen stated their organisation was approached by a lady who had purchased ten birds from youngsters who had been promoting them.

She stated: “We’re simply actually frightened as a result of the place have they arrive from, who’s going to take care of them, are they going to take care of them correctly?

“A household house, residing in your bathtub will not be a very good house for a duckling.

“For a begin it takes as much as 4 weeks for his or her feathers to develop into absolutely waterproof so you find yourself with a scenario the place they get very chilly if they don’t seem to be stored within the right atmosphere like underneath a warmth lamp or a warmth pad.

“They have to be stored heat, they have to be fed correctly.

“Additionally they have a lifespan of between seven and 15 years, so that you’re what are folks going to be doing with them long run.


“We have seen, there is a video on TikTok of anyone saying ‘oh I’ve purchased this duckling, it is a main mistake I feel I am going to simply launch it all the way down to the pond tomorrow’.

“Clearly these ducklings are very younger they need to be with their mother and father they need to be sorted correctly and so they’re simply going to get picked off my predators and they will die.”

Wildlife Rehabilitation Eire stated on social media: “We have now been inundated with ducklings; presently caring for over 100.

“It has come to our consideration that younger individuals are being supplied ducklings for €5 to maintain as pets.

“These poor ducklings merely won’t survive as they haven’t had time to be taught feeding expertise and don’t do properly on their very own.

“We merely can’t take all of them, so PLEASE PLEASE don’t purchase a “cute duckling.”

The craze has hit throughout the nation, with O’Leary’s Poultry in Macroom, Co Cork reporting that they’ve had “quite a few calls” regarding younger folks in search of ducklings.

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