Lucky passed away this morning. I still think picking him up from the school oval was the right thing to do, better he die in someones lap than alone and at the mercy of the predator birds. He could have made it so i still think its always worth rescuing than leaving. Thank you for all the wonderful encouraging comments on this post..
Yesterday i wrote….
I was driving home today from work and a woman stopped in time to let a small ball of feathers run out from under her wheels. she tried to catch it, but it ran onto the school oval with ravens at 200 meters away – eeek!
There were no parent birds around for this baby native wood duck, the ravens would have got him/her in one swoop!
Lucky was so vulnerable out there on the oval with predators and no protection, so i picked it up and took it home – our first duckling rescue!