Seven stitches given to duck found with cuts on face

Hampden County

The Springfield Fire Department got an unusual delivery this week.

“Received a call from the fire department headquarters on Worthington Street that a good Samaritan had brought them a duck,” said Animal Control Officer Renee Robichaud.

For firefighters, waterfowl aren’t exactly their area of expertise. The duck had cuts on her beak and side of her face, likely from flying into a window.

Animal Control officers from TJ O’Connor in Springfield were called in to deal with a duck, unusual to say the least.

“This was our first duck surgery that we’ve ever done, so we did have to do some research,” said Robichaud.

Waddles the duck is on the mend after getting seven stitches. And if you’re in the market for a new feathery friend, you might actually be able to adopt her.

“She’ll most likely be adopted possibly through our agency,” said Robichaud. “Typically, our ducks go to the MSCPA in Methuen. Hopefully, she’ll be better by the end of the week. She’ll be feeling better, more herself.”

However, check the bylaws where you live first. Under city ordinances, Waddles wouldn’t be allowed in Springfield.

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