Remember our female mallard whose broken leg just recently healed? Well, that healed leg is now paddling her toward a new life.
On August 22nd we sent her off in style at Dewey's Mill Pond here in Quechee, VT.
The duck came into our care after being hit by a vehicle in the Barre area on July 31. She suffered a broken leg, which produced a lot of swelling and pain in the right ankle. After two splints, lots of rest, and some anti-inflammatory medication, she was feeling much better and was finally able to use that leg again.
Watch a video of the duck returning to the lake here.
After the video camera was turned off the mallard started to dabble for a snack and splash around, having a quacking good time in her new home. She even started calling to her neighbors in search of a friend -- several of whom were waiting just beyond the reeds in the background. All in all, it was a very happy ending.