Sarah had received a duckling dropped in from a member of the public after finding it a few days before. As ducklings are extremely hard to raise alone, Sarah put the call out and received two more from other carers. Sadly the first duckling passed away, but the two remaining ducklings bonded well, and as one was slightly older, it soon had the smaller one feeding well.
A day or so later Sarah received a call from a lady who volunteered at the RSPCA. She had dropped a baby Oriole to Sarah a week earlier and asked Sarah if she would take a duckling, to which she agreed. The box containing the bird was delivered when Sarah was out, and upon opening it Sarah immediately realised it was not a duckling but a goose!. He was quite aggressive and had to be housed separately to the ducklings, but Sarah placed the two boxes close to each other and the birds would chat to each other constantly.
Once the ducklings were big enough to stand up to Mr Cranky Goose, the three of them worked out their little pecking order and became a pretty close knit group. Sarah kept them until they started to obtain lift, and it became clear they needed more room in preparation for returning to the wild. Sarah made contact with another carer Shane, and as he had both species on his property, he was able to take them to be rehabilitated into the wild
As the photos show, they grew up beautifully. They were raised on a varied and complete diet as can be seen by their lovely condition, and because they were handed to an experienced carer earlier, their chances of success were greater.