The Big Clean-Up

The Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (WRA) has been left to pick up the cleaning bill after a contamination incident at a pond in Surrey left more than a dozen water birds soiled.

The Wildlife Helpline got the first call about an oily orange substance in a pond near the Hazelmere RV Park near 8th Avenue in Surrey on Tuesday.

Wildlife Rescue sent out a volunteer capture team on Wednesday which caught three heavily soiled mallard ducks. Another 11 birds were captured on site on Thursday afternoon by WRA staff and volunteers.

Wildlife Rescue was the only organization that stepped in to help the ducks. If they had been left to their own devices, they would have suffered from poisoning and hypothermia and eventually died.

It costs $35 to care for one duck for a day. It will cost $245 to house, clean, feed and care for a single duck for a week. The ducks are expected to be at the WRA Wildlife Hospital for ten days to two weeks and the extra costs, without staff overheads or regular running costs, are expected to reach at least $7,000.

We hope that you can help Wildlife Rescue cover the costs of the rescue operation. Donations will help to pay for the extra heating required for washing and warm water pools used for the post-wash recovery, food, medicine, blood-testing kits and extra laundry.

The first three birds admitted to the Wildlife Hospital will be cleaned today with the help of extra volunteers have been called in to help with the cleaning operation which is expected to last throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

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