Feelin’ just ducky … update to duckling rescue.

This post, just as short and sweet as a duckling, will update you on the aftermath of my recent post about the duckling rescue on July 15th. Click here if you missed it. Many of you wanted to know how that last duckling fared after its rescue. You will recall, Mama waddled off with her seven ducklings and another duckling was rescued from the sewer after Mama and her brood were long gone. A search in the neighbors’ backyards to reunite Mama with her duckling was not successful, thus Gabrielle became foster mother to the remaining duckling. This last duckling is now residing at Michigan Duck Rescue and Sanctuary. I have been in touch with Matt at the Sanctuary several times this week. I asked Matt why Mama Duck would not notice she was short a duckling and he told me she is assured her ducklings are trailing behind her, but does not know how many ducklings there are. This last rescued duckling is a female and will have plenty of new duckling kin to socialize with. Matt has been rescuing waterfowl since 2006 and has a barn and pond in Brighton, Michigan where these rescued, abandoned or wounded waterfowl will live out their days thanks to Matt, his wife and a contingent of volunteers who help with rescues and delivery of waterfowl to the Sanctuary. These photos are from Matt’s website. The Sanctuary is 5.4 acres and the pond is one acre, illuminated at night and has surveillance cameras. I’d say these are lucky ducks, wouldn’t you?

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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34 Responses to Feelin’ just ducky … update to duckling rescue.

  1. A fine feathered orphanage! Matt’s a hero!

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  2. That’s a lot of ducks! Hope the little one does well. Maybe there are other babies for her.

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  3. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………..you were part of a Lucky Duck rescue!……………………………………I’m happy they have a sanctuary to go too…………………and wonderful, caring people like yourself to get them there

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That’s nice of you to say that Ann Marie … I merely got the ball rolling. I am pleased that this duckling will be there with all of Matt’s other rescues. There are some ducklings at the Sanctuary, so she won’t feel so all alone and overwhelmed by all the ducks.

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    I like this rest of the story post. Baby ducks need all the help they can get.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Ally – I used to love Paul Harvey’s “Rest of the Story” tales. I listened on a local radio station and it was before internet radio, so no “rewind” feature to revisit a show, nor were there podcasts available so I’d be sure to be up well before 5:00 a.m. to hear Paul Harvey’s words of wisdom. This baby duck will fit right in … there are others there. Good thing since there are so many ducks in the pond and around it – it would be pretty terrifying I’d think.

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  5. Rebecca says:

    So glad this duckling’s story had a happy ending! What a wonderful work the Sanctuary is doing.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Me too Rebecca – all’s well for this duckling … maybe with new kin, but at least safe and sound.
      Taking in all those ducks (plus other waterfowl who have been injured, Mute Swans and Canada Geese mostly) is wonderful and heart-warming.

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  6. Joni says:

    Wow, talk about duck soup…..that’s a lot of ducks! I hope she can adjust. That’s interesting re the mamma not knowing exactly how many ducklings there are and just expecting them to obey and trail behind her, which probably works quite well, except in situations like falling into a sewer grate!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I was surprised too Joni. Matt also has geese and swans he has rehabbed; if they can’t go back out on their own after they recuperate, they stay at the sanctuary. I’m glad there are some other ducklings there so she is not alone and overwhelmed by all the ducks. At the most, I’d say we have 10 ducks at a time in the Creek at Council Point Park, maybe a few more in Winter where they congregate together. I was surprised to find she did not know how many ducklings she had. If you ever see them, they are always walking or swimming behind her. The ones I saw jumping into the water and paddling around had not strayed too far from her. I hope Mom learned not to walk across the sewer grate with ducklings that are smaller than the grate openings for the next set of ducklings she has!

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  7. Eilene Lyon says:

    So many ducks! They look happy. I wonder if any ever fly off to join their wild kin?

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  8. How I admire people that devote their life to helping nature!

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  9. Sandra J says:

    That is awesome that they do that for the ducks. I just love that. 🙂

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  10. Very lucky ducks! 🙂 What wonderful people Matt and his wife and all the volunteers are!

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  11. Laurie says:

    I’m glad there was a happy ending for the little baby duck!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Me too Laurie – I was amazed to learn that Mama does not know how many ducklngs she actually has. Good thing they play nice and follow behind her in a neat queue. 🙂

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  12. Thanks for the update. That sanctuary looks amazing. So happy for the happy ending.

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  13. clarejk2014 says:

    I’m delighted to hear there’s a happy ending for this little duckling too. 🙂

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  14. I’m glad to hear that this story had a happy ending! We need more feel-good stories in this crazy world!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Me too Sabine – that duckling, rescued three weeks ago today is probably getting big by now. She will be right at home with the other ducklings and waterfowl. I follow this rescue site on Facebook and Matt went to rescue a cygnet that had its foot injured by a fishing lure and the fishing line bound around its foot. He fixed it and the male swan’s eyes did not leave Matt the entire time he was helping the cygnet. Very heart-warming.

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