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L-R: John Corby and Suzanne Pugh


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A group of ducklings rescued from a drain in Calbourne in July have been successfully released into the wild by the RSPCA.

The ducklings were discovered by a local resident who called Island Roads to assist in their rescue. Duty operatives John Corby and Sean Hillman removed the drain cover to release the distressed ducklings into the care of the RSPCA which took the youngsters to their animal rescue centre at Bohemia Corner near Godshill as the birds’ mother couldn’t be located.

Having spent the last eight weeks learning essential duck survival skills – such as swimming and flying – the birds were ready for release.

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One of the rescuers, John Corby from Island Roads was on hand to assist the with the release of the birds into their new home at Little Upton Farm near Ryde.

L-R: John Corby and Suzanne Pugh

Suzanne Pugh, Isle of Wight RSPCA branch manager, said:

“Thanks to the quick thinking actions of the member of the public who spotted the ducks and Island Roads for assisting in their rescue, these ducklings have been given a second chance at life. The habitat at Little Upton Farm is perfect for their needs and I am sure they will thrive in their new home.

“We have worked with Little Upton Farm previously in rehoming rescue animals and know that these ducklings are being given the best possible start in life by coming to such a well-run landholding.”

John Corby said:

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“When we found the ducklings they were tiny and obviously distressed to be without their mother. It is wonderful to see them looking so healthy today and it’s great to be involved in the release into their new home. It’s a lovely end to one of our more unusual call-outs!”

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Nice one Island roads. Enjoy our wildlife, whilst there is still some to enjoy as the Isle is smothered in tar mac, brick paving, and soon to be overfilled breeding pens for the poor to feather it’s own nest, but unlike wildlife at the expense of others.


Being an animal lover very pleased to see a happy ending. Well done to all involved.

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