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Lucky duck on the mend thanks to local veterinarian

This mallard duck was found on the shores of Cranberry Lake trying to walk toward bird food. It kept falling over and was eventually picked up by rescuers, who contacted Powell River Orphaned Wildlife Society.

Within 24 hours Powell River veterinarian Brian Barnes was able to diagnose that it had a broken leg. The duck’s leg was firmly wrapped and it was confined to a small kennel. Eight days later, it was allowed a trial swim.

After successfully swimming around a bathtub, the duck was transferred to a flight cage with a children’s play pool inside so it could practise swimming and walking and rebuild its flying stamina.

In only four days, this lucky duck had healed and was ready for release back into the Cranberry Lake area.