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Ducklings captured to be sold for as little as €5 in Dublin safely returned to the wild

The ducklings were being taken as part of a worldwide trend on social media platform TikTok where participants shared videos of ducklings

Still from video shows ducks being released

Esther McCarthy

A number of ducklings which were taken and sold for as little as five euro have been safely returned to the wild.

Animal welfare groups raised the issue last month amid reports the ducklings were being taken from their habitat and sold.

Wildlife group Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland rescued 12 ducklings last month - and yesterday returned them to the wild.

Sharing a video of their release on social media, the organisation added: “Yesterday we got to release 12 mallard ducks. These ducklings came to the hospital because they were orphaned, attacked or kidnapped and sold for €5 in Dublin (remember that..) Thankfully these guys and many more will have a happy end to a hard beginning!”

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The ducklings were being taken as part of a worldwide trend on social media platform TikTok where participants shared videos of ducklings.

The videos had drawn hundreds of millions of views.

“We suspect that what is happening is that it has caught on now - people know that others are going to buy ducklings – they go down to the canal, scoop up a few ducklings and they seem to be selling them for about €5 each,” said Gillian Bird of the DSPCA last month.”


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