A young duckling landed himself in hot water – literally – after he managed to get stuck in a car wash at a Tesco’s in Norfolk.

The Mallard duckling on examining table  © RSPCAduckling was found around 4pm on Thursday 27 June at the car wash at the Tesco store in Hunstanton.

He was found soaking wet near to the car wash and was handed in to a worker at the store.

His mum and siblings were nearby although it is not known if they had ended up taking an extra dip as well.

The worker had tried to catch up with the duckling’s mum but she had made her escape leaving her poor damp duckling behind.

The duckling was then taken to our East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk for treatment.

He was absolutely drenched

Centre manager Alison Charles said:

“As this little fella wasn’t doing okay I think it is fair to say that he hadn’t taken to this car wash like a duck to water!


“We really have no idea why he ended up there but it is clear he had certainly been given a good clean.


“When he came to us he was absolutely drenched through and was a very sorry sight indeed.


“He was checked over by our vet – he was damp, hypothermic and shivering. He was given glucose by mouth and then put under a heat lamp to dry off and warm up.


“After he was dried he looked like a duckling again! It is sad that he’s not been reunited with mum – but now he has recovered from his ordeal we have put him in with other ducklings.


“Here at the wildlife centre we really do see animals come to us having been found in a variety of unusual predicaments – but I have never dealt with one that has been in a car wash before.”

Visit the East Winch Wildlife Centre

Norfolk residents are reminded that they have a unique chance to see behind the scenes at the East Winch Wildlife Centre as it is set to open its doors to the public for a special event on Sunday 7 July from 10am until 4pm.

Admission is £3 for adults and £2 for children. The centre is in Station Road, East Winch, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE6 1NR.

Find out more about wildlife rehabilitation and what to do with orphaned wild animals.

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