Eleven starving ducklings rescued by Northampton General Hospital staff

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The lives of a flock of newly-hatched ducklings were saved by NGH staff after they were discovered trapped without food or water in a hospital garden.

It provided her with a quiet, secluded spot to care for her eggs, but unfortunately no water or access to food.

Staff spotted the family’s plight and the rescue involved transporting duck and ducklings on foot from the hospital to Midsummer Meadow where they were released into the water for the ducklings’ first swim.

Dr Clare Topping, an energy and sustainability manager, led the rescue effort along with maintenance supervisor, Simon Messinger.

Dr Topping said: “They looked fairly newly hatched so they hadn’t eaten anything and unless we could have found a way to get the right food to mum and the ducklings there was a big chance they would have died.

“Simon carried the mum under his arm and I had the ducklings in a box. As long as she could hear them, she stayed calm.”

Unless we could have found a way to get the right food to mum and the ducklings there was a big chance they would have died.

Dr Clare Topping

Last year, Willow garden was given a makeover with the aim of providing patients and staff with a calm environment conducive to the healing process, with plants chosen specifically to provide year-round colour, scent and movement.

It was designed to be wildlife-attracting and among other visitors, we have noted 10 different species of bees.

Willow garden has also been entered into the Northampton in Bloom competition and will be visited by East Midlands in Bloom judges when they visit Northampton next month.

Ducklings experience water for first time. Photo by NGH.

Ducklings experience water for first time. Photo by NGH.