was talking to a dad of a lad that i coach last night and he told me a story about having ducks in his pool and then finding that they had 11 eggs ...the chicks were born and they rang the RSPCA about if they could help them with relocating the whole family...they came around and took the ducks and went and relocate them by the river down from me at grange [a suburb in adelaide] when they let the family out, they were instantly attacked by other ducks there and nearly all the chicks were killed and the children of this family were horrified to watch this happen....id really like to know are the people who work at this organisation trained to know what to do in these situation......it seems such a waste and this family have the same situation happening again and they are going to look after the family off ducks by themselves until they know the chicks can look after themselves
I hate to disagree here...
I volunteered at the RSPCA for quite awhile (chasing some ducks around in the rain to try and move them to the new Wacol facility lol, that was a fun day); the people who work there are extremely knowledgable. The fact that this happened to these ducks is terrible, but unfortunately sometimes that's just the way of things. These people asked the RSPCA to relocate the duck family - it's pretty impossible to do that in a body of water that doesn't already contain ducks. They couldn't possibly have known that the other ducks in that area would have reacted that way - some ducks are extremely territorial and others are not, and it's completely an individual personality, which means there's no way really to predict that. No matter where these ducks were relocated, the wild offers its own set of dangers and they would have faced the same challenges. It's likely that the mother duck, if it was raised from a young age and these were some of her first ducklings, simply didn't know how to protect her babies effectively, and unfortunately that's a lesson many first time young duck mothers have to learn the hard way.
The people working for RSPCA would have done the best job they, or anyone else, knew how
. They're very knowledgable people, and are always learning.