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Good Friday turned out to be a very busy day at Abbey House. Most of the veterinary practices in the Leeds area were closed; Abbey House is one of the very few who are open 24 hours a day, every day under the banner of Leeds Emergency Vets. We kept seeing and admitting poorly animals from all over the city. Dogs and cats kept arriving till late evening and just as we were preparing to swap shifts for the night emergency service we were presented with a big box with strange noises coming out of it!


A concerned member of the public had found a young duck – still fluffy and yellow. The duck was having difficulty breathing and was very subdued. We admitted the little duck to our hospital and took care of it. The duck’s breathing was not very good and her right side was swollen. We suspected it had been involved in and accident. We fed the duck and started the treatment straight away and the very next day – although her breathing wasn’t great yet, the duck started eating by itself and looked happier. We named the duck Donald and as her breathing got better we let her swim in our big sink which we use for bathing dogs. Donald enjoyed it a lot! She seemed very happy and we all enjoyed having a cute yellow duck with us over Easter. When her breathing settled for good one of our nurses took her home and put her in a pen in her garden. Donald will be released as soon as she is able to cope on her own.


We are happy to help birds and wildlife in our hospital and we always do our best to make sure the animals brought to us will be able to be released, but, it is very important not to collect healthy birds! If you see a young bird sitting on a branch, please do not take it! The bird’s mother just went to get some food and will be back in an hour or two to feed the bird, so it will cause more harm than good to take such a bird. If you are concerned you can observe the bird for a while from a distance and surely you will see it’s mother! Whilst we always make sure we do our best for wildlife in our hospital, those animals are not always happy to eat in captivity, and are likely to die of stress, so despite our efforts some do die. So if a bird is not obviously injured it is better to leave it as it is.

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