Why Mallards are brought to New Zealand Bird RescueThere are lots of different reasons Mallards are brought to our centres:
- Hit by car
- Entanglement – such as nylon, cotton or tape wrapped around their legs, plastic bottle rings caught around their neck or beak
- Orphaned - Mothers frequently “plant” their chicks and go off to find themselves extra food, when they come back to their young, they call to their chicks who come running to their mother. Be careful you are not “stealing” chicks from their mother before she returns.
- Cat attacks on ducklings