Greenwood Wildlife Rehab: Rescued ducklings euthanized after not improving

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Two baby ducklings being taken care of by staff at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Two baby ducklings being taken care of by staff at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

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LONGMONT, Colo. — The two ducklings taken to the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Longmont after a Good Samaritan said he saw two kids throwing rocks at them were euthanized Tuesday because their conditions were not improving.

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center volunteer manager Jenny Bryant told FOX31 Denver that the ducklings had shown no signs of improvement since they were first brought into the rehab center on May 1.

“They could not see nor could they stand on their own,” said Bryant.

A veterinarian at the center said the ducklings would not be able to live under these conditions.

Therefore, following the Parks and Wildlife guidelines, the young ducks were euthanized Tuesday.

William Nash was walking near 28th Street and Baseline Road in Boulder on May 1 when he saw two young teenagers throwing rocks into a pond. He assumed they hit the ducklings, said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.

Nash said he found two of the injured ducklings, who were just days old, and put them in a box to take to the Longmont rehab center.

For the ducklings’ initial treatment, a veterinarian administered pain medication and fluids.

In a second interview Nash said he did see Cananda geese pecking at the ducklings. Kobel said that because police were not able to determine who the ducklings were injured, they would not pursue a criminal investigation.

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