Ruddy Duck With An Opening In Neck

ruddy duck photos showing injury ruddy duck exercise poolThe following story was shared with us by the Wetlands And Wildlife Care Center of California.

On December 27, 2019, Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center admitted a female ruddy duck that had the back of her neck torn open by a possible predator attack. We immediately treated the duck with antibiotics and wrapped the wound while awaiting surgery.

ruddy duck release ruddy duck in cageShe was not an aggressive eater, so we needed to tube-feed EmerAid Intensive Care Omnivore at 4.5 parts and EmerAid Intensive Care Carnivore at 0.5 parts to keep her nutrition up for the first few days of her care.

Due to a decent-sized area plucked behind her neck that needed suturing, we knew she would be in our care for an extended period of time in order for her to be releasable. During this time, the duck would alternate between eating whole foods and then not eating, so we had to continue tube-feeding.

After five weeks of recovery, her wound healed up nicely and her feathers grew back. She was released on February 7, 2020. Due to her finicky eating behavior, EmerAid IC Omnivore and IC Carnivore provided the nutrition she needed to be released.