• Four years ago a little duckling was brought to
Salthaven Wildlife Rescue "where she undertook the same journey all of our orphaned Mallards experience. She was placed in an incubator to be kept warm, and then after a little over a week, she moved into an outdoor flight pen along with her fellow ducklings. By mid-summer, she was flying on her own and able to take care of herself, but likely stuck around until the end of the season before departing with her fellow
During the four years after what we assumed would be the mallard's permanent departure,
Salthaven's volunteers went about their business raising and rehabilitating countless other mallards under similar circumstances. This
Mallard also went about her business - surviving the rigors of migration and the deadly aim of the hunter's rifle until the time came for her to start a family of her own.
Mallards are very particular about where they nest. If you've ever wondered why mating pairs of Mallards sometimes build their nests next to busy parkways, it's because a high-traffic area functions as a barrier against their natural predators. Simply put, Mallards seek out the safest location they can find to lay their eggs and raise their brood, and this mallard knew just the place to accomplish that goal.
Upon arriving at the clinic on an early spring morning earlier this year, Salthaven's founder,
Brian Salt, was surprised to discover a mother
Mallard duck waiting expectantly at the facility's door along with her entourage of 11 ducklings.
She promptly led her brood straight into an empty flight pen when she didn't gain access to the clinic.
An inspection of the mother's leg band not only identified her as the very same duckling that had grown up at Salthaven four summers ago, but also revealed that the pen she selected was the very same one in which she herself had been raised. This mother duck returned to Salthaven to raise her family in a place that she knew was safe and secure" She and her babies are now din vicdiace ik
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    • Aww! So precious! Thank you for sharing this story!
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    • What a lovely story. Smart mama duck knew how to protect her brood.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ˜Š
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    • Ahhh! So cute. Thanks for letting her back to the place whete she felt safe.
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