I contacted Liberty Wildlife in Scottsdale, Arizona and they dispatched a professional rescuer that arrived quickly. Both of them were successfully trapped and taken to the sanctuary at East Valley Wildlife in Chandler where they healed up and were released back to their home lake.
Three days later I found one of the Indian Runner Ducks tangled again! This time I cut her loose myself and got her home to be warmed and treated, but it was obvious that she had become very weak and lost a lot of body heat. I took this photo and delivered her back to East Valley Wildlife where she died a day later.
It can't be emphasized enough how important it is to pick up all monofilament litter on the ground while fishing at lakes and ponds since this becomes the number one reason for calls to the rescue hotlines at East Valley Wildlife here in Greater Phoenix Additionally, the pumps that keep the water circulating in these lakes and ponds are often subjected to costly damage when this filament enters the impellers of the pump and begins to eat away the seal packing's.
Monofilament is overwhelming our ocean environments, too as the Commercial Fishing Industry continues to carelessly throw this devastating material into our oceans to clear gear jams etc. wreaking total havoc on our marine species and their environment.