For the first time in their lives two dozen recently rescued ducks get their first taste of life in a pond. They had been living for years with a hoarder who had them in pens without adequate access to water or proper nutrition.
Many were suffering from ailments caused specifically by their filthy living conditions. They lived in small sheds and animal carriers, overcrowded, living among layers of caked feces, and breathing in dust and the stench of ammonia. Due to inadequate housing, several of the birds did not have access to proper shelter and had lost toes and combs to frostbite. Inside a trailer they found another 25 birds running around freely and over 20 livied in an enclosed back porch. The indoor quarters were worse than the outdoors. All the birds showed signs of nutritional deficiencies.
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