Lucky Ducky: Watch This Tiny, Rescued Duckling’s Very First Swim (VIDEO)

For Immediate Release:
January 24, 2019

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – When PETA’s fieldworkers first met Herman, he was all alone, staring out from inside a filthy, rusty wire crate. He had never paddled in a pond or shaken the water from his wings—ever. Then, his owners gave him to PETA, and he discovered not only a beautiful new home on a vegetarian farm but also, as you can see in this new PETA video released today, the joy and excitement of his very first swim!

Herman now goes swimming every day in the company of other ducks, including his best buddy, Silver, and two others rescued by PETA, Harry and Houdini.

“Ducks are wonderful, social animals who need space to explore, friends to bond with, and, most important of all, water to splash around in,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is sure that Herman’s story will inspire people to see ducks as individuals who value their lives and who would rather not be used for down, meat, or foie gras or exploited in any other way.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—also notes that anyone who would like to take in a duck should be prepared for the more than 10-year commitment of caring for him or her and should always adopt one in need, not buy one.

More information about ways to help ducks and geese is available here, here, here, and here.

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