LONGMONT - Wildlife rehabilitators say its too early to tell if two ducklings, who were abused by two children, will survive. A man says he was walking near Boulder Creek Thursday when he saw the boys, believed to be 12 to 13 years old, throwing rocks at the ducklings.
He brought them to the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Longmont. Wildlife rehabilitators say the ducklings, who are believed to be just a few days old, were in bad shape.
"Their eyes were sunken in. They were incredibly dehydrated and they were falling over themselves, so they couldn't balance. They obviously had some head trauma," said Amanda Manoa, wildlife rehabilitator. "We went ahead and gave them some fluids and hydrated them, go them in an appropriate temperature. They were overheating quite a bit. I am assuming from being out in the sun so long. We put them in a little resting spot, let them rest for a while, gave them some medication to help with any brain swelling that might be going on."
While one of the ducklings was in worse shape than the other, they appear to be improving and wildlife rehabilitators say they are moving in the "right direction."
Wildlife rehabilitators say because its so hard to raise a single duckling, they're doing everything they can to save them both.
"They're born in a clutch and so it is really important that they are with other like birds, so they learn how to become a duckling," said Manoa. "Birds can also imprint pretty easily on humans, so we really, really strive to never have one duckling."
Boulder Police are investigating the incident.
To find out how you can help the ducklings or the wildlife center: http://www.greenwoodwildlife.org/
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