Recently hatched on a nearby balcony, four tiny ducklings jumped to pavement freedom on Wednesday morning, where one was promptly run over by the Royal Mail – bad postie.
Terence’s driver Kev was passing and seeing that the remaining three would shortly meet a similar fate, he scooped them up and got them out of harm’s way. The mother duck had oh-so-cleverly nested on a 2nd or 3rd floor balcony above a particularly busy junction of Shad Thames with no access to the water, and unfortunately she would not return to her chicks due to all the traffic, both human and vehicular. We eventually decided to take them back to the Conran office, where they sat on the riverside balcony in case she found them there.
They were a huge hit with our staff, we felt very mean not letting anyone handle them, but we didn’t want to put the mother off in case she managed to hear their peeps and came back. Sadly they weren’t reunited, but the fabulous Tim Wykeham from Conran & Partners offered to take them to Folly Wildlife Rescue (link http://www.follywildliferescue.org.uk/default.htm) on his way home, a charity that rescues and rehabilitates wild birds and other animals.
We are very pleased to report that all three are doing very well in their excellent care, and have now become a foursome again – a lone duckling was brought to the Rescue Centre yesterday, exhausted and bedraggled, where he or she was introduced to the Conran Three and is now fully recovered and chirpy again – result! All four ducklings are now happy and healthy in sunny Tunbridge Wells, and it looks like they’ll all make it to adulthood, which is probably better odds than they had in SE1!
If you would like to support Folly Wildlife Rescue and therefore our erstwhile Conran ducklings, please click on the link, http://www.follywildliferescue.org.uk/donations.htm