Lucky Ducks Find New Home at the Minnesota Zoo Injured duck and “new love” from Animal Humane Society now thriving at Zood
Apple Valley, MINN – July 3, 2013 – Two lucky ducks, both of which survived injuries, have found a new home at the Minnesota Zoo after being brought to the Animal Humane Society (AHS) in Golden Valley for care.
Also known as lesser scaup, the ducks arrived separately at the AHS in November, 2012. The female was found in Maple Grove by a Good Samaritan; the male was found near the AHS property by a volunteer. After their arrival, they quickly became a bonded pair and were deemed unreleasable due to their injuries. Needing to find a home together, the Minnesota Zoo stepped in to help this past spring. Now on exhibit on Gibbon Lake on the Zoo’s Tropics Trail, the birds are thriving and have joined a variety of other ducks (and flamingos) in their new habitat.
“A lot of time and care went into the rehabilitation of these ducks and we are grateful to the Zoo for providing continued care. It’s an honor to be able to work together on such a great outcome and we’re thrilled to see the ducks doing so well,” says Michelle LaBelle Lake CVT, VTS (ECC), Animal Humane Society wildlife technician and founder of the Wildlife Intensive & Critical Care Unit.
Adds Minnesota Zoo Bird Supervisor Jamie Ries: “Both birds are doing very well in their new home. Zoo guests may also see them diving from time to time, especially when they get fed by zookeepers twice daily. Although they are still being closely monitored by animal care staff, we expect them to continue thriving and are very excited they’re here with us.”
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).