A muscovy-cross duck rescued from Ebbw Vale was the 30,000th animal treated by the RSPCA Merthyr Tydfil Clinic.
The clinic – which opened in 2005 – provides vital veterinary service for sick and injured animals that have been rescued by the RSPCA’s frontline officers. It also offers low-cost veterinary service for local pets owned by those in receipt of certain state benefits.
Senior clinician Jon Fitzmaurice and his team treat a wide range of animals each year – and were alerted to the duck’s needs after he was rescued as part of a pair from a back garden in Ebbw Vale, from a household unable to keep the birds.
RSPCA Cymru took into their care a muscovy duck and a white Indian runner duck, who were given a full assessment and check by the clinic. Both were given a clean bill of health and deemed suitable for rehoming.
The muscovy-cross duck was humorously nicknamed Captain Nemo by RSPCA staff – after a character from the 2007 film 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea; the movie a modern update on the science-fiction book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Both ducks went onto a specialist poultry centre in Burton on Trent, and have now been successfully rehomed. Merthyr Tydfil Clinic say it marks “another happy ending” after 14 years of treating some of Wales’ most in-need animals.
Mr Fitzmaurice said: “We’re so proud to have seen the 30,000th animal come through the clinic doors for care and treatment.
“This pair of ducks demonstrates the diversity of work undertaken by the RSPCA – and the Merthyr Clinic has, since 2005, offered a lifeline for so many animals rescued in the South Wales area.
“From operations, to neutering and microchipping, Merthyr Clinic will continue to offer vital support to animals.
“We’re a lifeline to many animals who come via our frontline inspectorate; but we also deliver a vital service to the local community, delivering low-cost services to those on certain benefits.
“One of these ducks marked the 30,000th story our Clinic has to tell, and we’re delighted it was another happy ending. We’ll continue to be on hand to provide veterinary treatment, emergency care, neutering, microchipping and more to make Merthyr and South Wales a better place for animals.”
The Clinic building is known as Tŷ Molly Wilson, and named after former RSPCA volunteer and branch trustee Molly Wilson, who worked tirelessly to raise vital funds for the development of a Merthyr-based clinic.