Volunteers with the Wildlife Rescue Association had their hands full after more than a dozen ducks were contaminated in a Surrey pond.
Karen Becker says 15 mallards were covered with a mysterious oily and gooey substance.
“We don’t know what the substance is or where it came from.”
The ducks were pulled from a pond at the Hazelmere R-V Park.
“It’s compromising their water proofing, and causing them not to be able to keep their temperature, and possibly ingest potentially poisonous items, so they’re in danger.”
Becker says the rehabilitation has cost about seven thousand dollars, along with a huge volunteer effort.
She says until the pond is cleaned and the mystery substance is solved, they will be checking the pond regularly to see if other ducks have been affected.
Correction: A previous version of this story showed a bird being rescued that was not a mallard.