Duckling gets himself in hot water after getting stuck in Tesco car wash

PUBLISHED: 09:14 02 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:14 02 July 2013

The duckling after it had been found at the car wash in Hunstanton.

The duckling after it had been found at the car wash in Hunstanton.


A young duckling landed himself in hot water when he got stuck in a car wash at a Norfolk Tesco.

The mallard duckling was taken to the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre, near King’s Lynn, after it was discovered a little worse for wear at the supermarket chain’s Hunstanton store and handed in to staff.

The workers then tried to catch up with the duckling’s mum, who was nearby with her other ducklings, but she made an escape – leaving her poor damp duckling in deep water.

Alison Charles, manager at the RSPCA centre, said: “As this little fella is doing okay, I think it is fair to say that he hadn’t taken to this car wash like a duck to water!”

The animal was checked over by an RSPCA vet after being found at around 4pm on Thursday.

“When he came to us he was absolutely drenched right through and was a very sorry sight indeed,” Mrs Charles said.

Found damp, hypothermic and shivering, the duckling was given glucose by mouth and then put under a heat lamp to dry off and warm up.

“After he was dried he looked like a duckling again!”

Mrs Charles added. “It is sad that he’s not been reunited with mum – but now he has recovered from his ordeal we have put him in with other ducklings.

“Here at the wildlife centre we really do see animals come to us having been found in a variety of unusual predicaments – but I have never dealt with one that has been in a car wash before.” She added that staff at the RSPCA had no idea how the duckling ended up there, but said he had been given a good clean.

However, it has not been the only duckling getting into difficulty.

The future of small ducklings trapped in Aspen Way, Soham, hung in the balance until firefighters Naomi Heales, Jason Carbis and Dominic Mould came to help an RSPCA inspector rescue them.

“We were there long enough to do the job and make sure the ducklings got free,” said a fire service spokesman of the incident, which happened on Wednesday.

“We happily left them in the care of the RSCPA”.

The RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre is also holding an open day at its premises in Station Road, East Winch, King’s Lynn, between 10am and 4pm on Sunday to show people its work behind the scenes at the wildlife hospital.

“When the public visit us to bring in injured wildlife all they get to see normally is our reception area, they never get a chance to come inside the hospital,” Mrs Charles said.

“During this open day they will have a chance to take a peek down our veterinary corridor, speak to one of our vets and nurses and find out about the rehabilitation work we do for all sorts of wildlife, from seals to hedgehogs.”

Admission to the event is £3 for adults and £2 for children.

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