VIDEO: 70 ducklings saved from slaughter

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RESCUED ducklings are the latest residents at a Sidlesham animal sanctuary.

Centre manager Irene Clarke said the 70 ducklings the centre took on last week were originally destined for a battery farm.

Irene Clark from the Old Gardens Animal Rescue Centre with some of the rescued ducklings Picture by Kate Shemilt C131045-6

Irene Clark from the Old Gardens Animal Rescue Centre with some of the rescued ducklings Picture by Kate Shemilt C131045-6

However, after a deal fell through the farm could no longer take them.

“If I didn’t take them I knew they would probably be slaughtered,” said Irene.

She said 100 ducklings were part of the deal and a friends of hers took 30 of them, leaving 70 to come to Old Gardens Animal Rescue Centre, Highleigh Road, in Sidlesham.

The 70 new guests brings the total number of ducks at the centre up to 170.

The ducklings are being kept in the warm while they’re still growing.

“I’ve got them inside the stable. It’s like a big plastic bowl,” said Irene.

The centre is looking for people able to provide a home for the rescued waterfowl.

“People can take them now as long as they put them under heat.”

The ducklings will grow very quickly and the females should be ready to lay eggs in around 18 weeks’ time.

To contact the rescue centre, call 07775 670819.