BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Talk about feathered friends forever!
At 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke says it plans to release a Mallard duck and a Canada goose at the Virginia Tech Duckpond Gazebo.
According to the facility, the female Mallard duck was admitted on May 27.
“Patty Mitchell, a Virginia Tech staff member, tried catching it for several days but it kept eluding her,” the wildlife center told WFXR News. “However, Haley Olsen-Hodges, director of operations at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center, was contacted by VT staff and was able to quickly contain her, much to the chagrin of her partner who was visibly upset when humans intervened.”
Officials say the duck was barely able to stand or walk, sat completely still on the pavement until she was approached, and then she used the slight energy she had left to avoid being captured.
When they evaluated her, staff members reportedly determined that the duck was emaciated; she was missing feathers on her lower back; and she had no tail, several large bloody wounds, and a leg that was broken in two different places. However, she can now walk, swim, and fly normally.
As for the Canada goose, the facility says he was admitted back in April — as a small gosling — after he was found alone and far from other geese.
Considering he had almost no chance of surviving on his own at that age — and since staff members couldn’t find his parents — he was raised at the wildlife center, even getting a duck as a “roommate,” officials say.
“After spending a couple months with us in rehab these two have become quite good friends and will be going back home,” the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center said.