On Easter, and for a few short weeks after that, these ducklings had everything: they were greeted with smiles and hugs by a whole family, were given as much food as they liked and plied with treats, and ended each day snuggled into a warm, soft bed.
And then the kids got bored.
Each spring hundreds of Easter chicks and ducklings are dumped in boxes on busy streets, in city parks, and in front of animal shelters all across the US once the demands of caring for a bird become a reality. One of these ducklings was found cold and hungry in a parking lot, and the other had been found alone, wandering the streets of New York City.
If they had not been rescued and brought to the Wild Bird Fund, these little ducklings would not have survived. These ducks are domestic birds and have never foraged for their own food or learned to evade predators. Worst of all, families that buy Easter chicks rarely expose the ducks to water, so their feathers never become waterproof. If they had wandered into a pond, they would have drowned.