December 7 2013 Latest news:
By MARK BOGGIS
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
To some it may sound a bit quackers.....
But Glynis Pearson has taken on a whole new brood – 11 ducks and a goose.
Mrs Pearson, from Mutford, has provided a temporary home to the flock after they were apparently abandoned in the village, and now they are treating her as their surrogate mother.
It all began when she found the birds waddling along close to the woods near her home nearly four weeks ago.
Fearing they had been dumped in the lanes, and with concerns that they would be eaten by the foxes that roam nearby, Mrs Pearson opted to take them under her wing.
“My friend, who knows we have two Aylesbury ducks and some chickens in the meadow at our home, said she had seen quite a few ducks heading towards the woodland. So we got in the car and drove down the lanes and there they were waddling along,” Mrs Pearson told The Journal.
“I just felt so sorry for them – they would’ve been wandering into the woodland and I didn’t want to particularly see them as fox meat.”
So, after cornering the flock in her car, the dozen ducks were directed away from the woods and into their new, temporary home.
“It was a long drive into the meadow, and I’ve got them in a paddock now,” Mrs Pearson said.
Since the birds were found, Mrs Pearson, a medical secretary at James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, has made inquiries around the area, and informed the RSPCA – but almost four weeks on it has been to no avail.
Mrs Pearson said: “When I fed them, well I’ve never seen anything that hungry, they were really ravenous.”
Enjoying their goose and duck food and new surroundings, the birds have grown and Mrs Pearson said: “Since I’ve had them their adult feathers have grown. They weren’t flying when they first came but they are exercising greatly now.”
Mrs Pearson believes the flock, consisting of one Indian Runner Duck, with a dark beak, three coloured ducks, one goose and seven other white ducks may have been abandoned.
“These are domesticated, not your normal mallards,” she said. I am sure they must have been dumped there as these small lanes are often used as dumping grounds. It is a nightmare – people pull in the lanes to dump rubbish, and for them to be in this flock together, well it is such a shame.”
This week, Mrs Pearson sent out an appeal for any information, if anyone knows anything about the flock or if anyone is prepared to take the birds on.
She said: “The RSPCA have said they will put it on their website, but I’ve not heard anything at all – so if you have lost these 11 ducks and a goose please get in touch with the RSPCA.”