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May 8, 2013 2:20 PM by Janine Reyes

Ducklings in Danger; Neighbors to the Rescue!

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Here's something you don't see every day; a family of baby ducklings in danger, running around a neighborhood! Luckily for the ducks, a group of neighbors ran to the rescue.

"I heard them saying get them, get them, get them, I looked out and I see a bunch of ducks running in the street," said Javier Cano.

His neighbor, Jessica Perez has lived on Houston Street 12 years now and says she's never seen ducks running the neighborhood.

"The parents were with them but they just ended up, with the noise, they flew away, so they ended up fending for themselves," Perez said.

The ducklings don't know the dangers along Houston Street, not only are there cars driving by, but dogs, cats, they even caught a opossum's eye.

"There was a opossum, it was walking towards the fence, it was leaning towards them," Cano described.

Catching them took some time. Then, what do you do with 8 baby ducks? After making some calls, the neighbors found out re-homing them is not that easy.

"We didn't know what to do, so I called you guys, I figured you guys could find a home for them," Cano told us.

As it turns out, the Texas State Aquarium will take them. Rescuers there say right now they are seeing an influx of Black Whistling Ducks and they will take them in at the Sea Lab and rehabilitate them until they're old enough to be on their own.

That's good news for Perez who has a full house already with five dogs and a cat.

Rescuers at the aquarium say the parents of those Black Whistling Ducks are known to abandon their ducklings if they get spooked, so if you happen to run across ducklings, you can bring them in to the Sea Lab. They have too many calls for animals needing rescue to come pick them up.

You can call the Sea Lab at (361) 881-1210.


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