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Like a Duck to Water: Neglected Ducks Take Their First Swim (Video)

Even ducks that have never been allowed near water will take to it…eventually.

The ducks in this video were part of a hoarding case, rescued by the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and the Ulster County SPCA in New York State. According to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary (WFAS) website, over 130 ducks, geese, turkeys, and chickens were rescued from a residence after a court order was obtained.

The birds were living in small sheds and animal carriers, under-nourished and suffering a variety of ailments caused by unsanitary conditions and inadequate shelter.

“Inside her trailer we found another 25 birds running around freely, and over 20 living in an enclosed back porch. The indoor quarters were worse than the outdoors,” the WFAS website says. “The floors inside the house were wet with a slurry of feces and spilled food. The smell was overwhelming.”

After receiving veterinary care, nutrition, and plenty of love at WFAS, many of the birds are up for adoption. You can read more about them, see photos, and support the WFAS here. But first, check out this video of the ducks going for their very first swim.

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Read more from Joslyn at Strollerderby and at her blog, stark. raving. mad. mommy. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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