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DSCPA 'inundated' with calls about ducklings for sale

DSCPA 'inundated' with calls about ducklings for sale

DSCPA 'inundated' with calls about ducklings for sale

The DSPCA has asked parents to tell their children not to “buy ducklings from strangers” after they were “inundated” with calls about them being bought for as little as €5. 

Gillian Bird, Head of Education and Media at the DSPCA, told Newstalk Breakfast they took in 25 ducklings in one day and are expecting "a lot more" in the coming days.

“We’re seeing cases where children have come home because they’ve been approached on the streets by people selling ducklings,” she said.

“A lot of the ducklings would be farm ducks - the little yellow farm ducks.

"But unfortunately, some of them are wild ducklings we’re concerned have been taken from the wild.

“Our major concerns are the ones that are most likely being snatched from canals and ponds."

She said that while there are responsible people selling ducklings online and elsewhere, in other cases people are just selling ducklings on the street.

There are even some reports of people taking eggs and trying to hatch them.

“Our concern is these are just going to be something people will take and film - [the duckling is] not going to survive for very long, and it’s going to suffer,” she added.

In a Facebook past, the DSPCA said they were “astonished” (at the) completely unacceptable at the reckless behaviour that went on in the last day or so, involving young vulnerable ducklings.

“We were inundated all day with calls and emails from very concerned members of the public about young children “buying ducklings” for €5 because of a trend on TikToc,” they wrote.

“We were taking them into the shelter throughout the day from parents who arrived up with them in shoe boxes and plastic cartons not knowing how to care for them.

"Many calls that we took the duckling had sadly already died.

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“Please if your children have bought ducklings call us and we will take them into our care. Please also tell your children NOT to buy any ducklings.

“Our inspectors have been investigating this matter and will continue to do so.”

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