Ducklings get stuck in fowl mess
Published 02/07/2015 | 16:41
Five ducklings found themselves in a sticky situation after getting stuck in the tar on a melting road.
The ducklings were found stuck fast in Ashill, Norfolk, as temperatures reached 25C yesterday.
RSPCA staff had to use butter to loosen up the tar on the feathers and then gave the birds a washing-up liquid bath.
Alison Charles, manager of RSPCA East Winch, where the ducks were taken, said: "The weather was so hot yesterday that the tarmac was melting, so when these poor little mites tried to cross the road they got covered in tar and were stuck.
"All five ducklings were so poorly when they came in we weren't sure they were going to make it. They were absolutely covered in the thick, black muck and were very dehydrated.
"But we got to work quickly and started smothering them in the Lurpak butter to try to loosen the tar, before washing it off with washing up liquid and warm water.
"It might seem like an odd combination but the butter is an old fashioned remedy for removing tar and it really works.
"Following this process with a warm washing-up liquid bath is really effective."
She added that staff managed to remove most of the tar but three of the ducklings were so weak they will need a further wash once they are fit enough.
"The ducklings are eating, drinking and chirping away in our orphans room quite happily today," Ms Charles said.
The centre is now appealing for donations of butter to help with further animal rescues as the hot weather continues.