RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a duck was found with a horrific beak injury.
The duck was spotted by a concerned member of the public in the river near Brook Street in Ystrad, Pentre, who alerted the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Izzi Hignell, who rescued the duck from the water, said: “The duck had a horrific injury to his beak, which must have been causing a considerable amount of pain and would have restricted eating and drinking.
“We’re not sure what had caused it and where the duck had come from. It was thought that the duck had been in the area for a good few days and may have been abandoned along with another duck. Although even though this is a domestic species of duck, there are many feral wild ducks living in the wild, and could have been an escapee from a while ago.
“I was able to rescue the duck from the river and take him to a nearby veterinary practice. Sadly, the duck was put to sleep – a decision made by the vet to prevent further suffering.”
Inspector Hignell said she was not able to find the second duck. It is not known if the ducks had been deliberately released or had escaped.
“There have been reports of a second duck however, no other ducks were found,” she said. “This incident is a very sad one, as despite rescuing this duck, he wasn’t able to be saved due to his severe injuries.
“If anyone does have any information about these ducks please can they contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”
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