The RSPCA has raced to the aid of a female mallard duck struggling with sinusitis at Llangorse Lake near Brecon.
Sinusitis refers to the infection and inflammation of the infraorbital sinuses. The inflammation was so significant on the duck’s face that members of the public spotted the bird’s plight and noticed she was having difficulty eating.
RSPCA officers rescued the duck on Wednesday (26 August), and took the animal to have the inflammation and swelling on her face drained by vets.
She was given antibiotics, and is now being transferred to a specialist RSPCA wildlife facility for rehabilitation and care, before she is returned to the wild.
The rescue was completed by RSPCA animal collection officers (ACO) Fiona Thomas and Stephanie Davidson.
ACO Thomas said: “This poor duck was struck with such a severe case of sinusitis, that members of the public spotted her bloated face and that she was really struggling to eat food.
“Fortunately, we were able to rescue her and get her the veterinary help she so badly needed. The mass on her face was soon drained, and she was given a course of antibiotics.
“The duck will now go to an RSPCA wildlife centre for rehabilitation, until the bird is fit and well enough again to be returned back to the wild. Rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife is a big part of what we do, and I’m just relieved we could help this duck in her hour of need.”
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