BY MICHAEL DESTRIES OCTOBER 1, 2012
In what’s an uplifting way to start the week, check out this recently uploaded video of two dozen ducks experiencing their first contact with water.
According to the video, uploaded by theWoodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, the ducks came from a hoarding case and had never spent any time in the water.
“Many were suffering from ailments caused specifically by their filthy living conditions,” the org stated in a blog post. “They lived in small sheds and animal carriers, overcrowded, living among layers of caked feces, and breathing in dust and the stench of ammonia. Due to inadequate housing, several of the birds did not have access to proper shelter and have lost toes and combs to frostbite. Inside her trailer we found another 25 birds running around freely and over 20 living in an enclosed back porch. The indoor quarters were worse than the outdoors. All the birds show signs of nutritional deficiencies.”
Nice work, Woodstock Sanctuary! Check out the video of the (initially reluctant) ducks and their first taste of the wet stuff.
About Michael dEstries
Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.