Duck suffers broken beak

IT'S not often a duck loses its “quack” but this young mallard is undergoing some silent treatment in a bid to recover from a nasty beak injury.

IT'S not often a duck loses its “quack” but this young mallard is undergoing some silent treatment in a bid to recover from a nasty beak injury.

The bandaged-up bird is now recuperating at Wildlives Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre in Thorrington, near Colchester.

Centre manager Rosie Catford said everyone was hoping the broken beak would fuse back to its skull.

She said: “It's broken right up to where the lower mandible joins on to the chin. It was just hanging on.


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“We have strapped the beak and it's got to stay like that for three weeks now. We have to put a tube down his throat to feed him every two hours and we're just hoping that when we take the dressing off it will have healed.”

The mallard, thought to be less than a year old, was brought in to the centre about 10 days ago and it was immediately clear to Ms Catford that it had suffered a very serious injury.

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She said: “They don't peck for food, they actually shovel for it. They need the closure of the beak in order to feed.

“He was so thin when he arrived. He was nearly starving when we got him.

“It could have happened when he was fighting with another duck but it looks as though he's cut it somehow, maybe he was shovelling somewhere he shouldn't have been.”

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