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April 11, 2005

Don’t do it, don’t buy live baby animals on impulse

Adopt a wild duckling through IBRRC’s unique program instead

Fairfield, CA

D espite well publicized warnings from the CDC, parents ignore warnings and buy baby ducks, chicks and bunnies during Easter week, typically on impulse. And, every year, children become ill with Salmonella poisoning as a result of handling the animals.

“Not only is it cruel for these baby animals to be sold without any regard for their proper care, but it creates tremendous problems later, when the animals that do survive are “dumped” in public parks,” said Karen Benzel, Public Affairs Director.

The wildlife experts at International Bird Rescue Research Center have a better idea – adopt a wild duckling through their Native Waterfowl Reintroduction Program. Last year, fourteen hundred wild ducklings were raised at IBRRC’s two centers. All ducklings were orphans who lost their mothers due to some human related encounter.

“This is a very positive way to celebrate a holiday, event or just to help us help the ducklings,” Benzel said, “and it is unique because the birds are banded before release. When you adopt a wild bird through our program, you receive a beautiful certificate that includes the band number of your bird as well as the date and place it was released. The bands provide important research data, and no one else will get that band number.” A photo and year long membership to IBRRC is included in the $25.00 duckling adoption fee. IBRRC’s adoption program is very popular, and the pelican adoption program typically has a waiting list.

IBRRC has great success raising healthy, wild orphans; ninety percent of the ducklings they receive live. At around five weeks of age, the ducklings released into natural waterfowl habitats.

Adoption forms and more information can be found on at adopt a bird. Orphan herons and egrets can also be adopted for a slightly higher fee. Pelican adoptions are $200 and $500 for adoption and release.

IBRRC’s website also has information about the difference between domestic ducks and wild ducks. The article, “No Escape From Harsh Reality,” explains in detail the issues domestic ducks face when forced to “fend for themselves,” why ducks shouldn’t be fed bread, and the problems hybrids (domestic ducks mating with wild ducks) face.

If you do not have access to the internet, you may adopt a duckling by calling Ann Yasuda, 707-207-0380, extension 109.

Media contact:

Public Affairs Director

(831) 622-7588

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