A PADDLING of orphaned ducklings are being cared for at a Hastings rescue centre after their mum was run over by a car.
The five baby ducks arrived at the RSPCA’s Mallydams Wildlife Centre this week after being found wondering alone in Maidstone, Kent.
The mallards had left their nest in a tree for the first time and followed their mother across a nearby busy road.
Sadly though, she was hit by a passing car and killed, leaving the ducklings, who were only a few days old, very vulnerable.
“I went to collect them and they stayed the night with me, on a hot water bottle,” said RSPCA animal collection officer Roy Jezzard. “They need the heat of the mother’s body at that age, but they can feed themselves.”
The ducklings are now being looked after at Mallydams and staff at the centre in Fairlight say they are doing well.
They are being kept with other ducklings which the wildlife centre is looking after and will be released into a suitable habitat in mid to late May.
“They are fine and are rushing about doing what ducklings like to do,” said Mallydams manager Bel Deering.