Rescued ducklings from Portsmouth being cared for in Va. Beach

Rescued ducklings from Portsmouth being cared for in Va. Beach

One of the ducklings climbed onto Bob's shoe.

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by By 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 7, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 1:22 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- 10 baby ducks rescued from the middle of a Portsmouth street during rush hour Thursday morning are being cared for in Va. Beach.

13News 5:00 p.m. producer Bob Bennett spotted the ducklings at the intersection of Shenandoah St. and Sussex Dr.in the Waterview neighborhood around 7:45 a.m.

He approached them and they moved to him, some even settling on his feet.

He called Portsmouth Animal Control and, while waiting for officers to arrive, a passing Portsmouth police officer stopped as well.

About 8:20 a.m., an animal control officer got to the scene and picked up the ducklings. He put them in cages in his vehicle for transport to the animal shelter.

Bennett says he hasn't seen ducks in the neighborood for quite a while and he didn't see any adult ducks in the area.

Teresa Lamarche with the Va. Beach SPCA told Bob that Portsmouth Animal Control Officer brought the ducklings to a VBSPCA Wildlife Program wildlife rehabilitator.

"All 10 newly-hatched mallard ducklings are doing great and should be released back into the wild in 12-14 weeks," Lamarche stated.

She also said it's baby season and, in the next few months, the Va Beach SPCA Wildlife program expects to take in hundreds of orphaned, abandoned, stranded and injured wildlife.

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