A family of five ducklings waddled into a whole heap of trouble last week in England. During the record-breaking heat for July in the country, the ducklings accidentally walked across a melting road, covering them in molten tar which, without intervention, would have meant a terrible death.
Luckily for these otherwise unlucky ducks, a passer-by noticed the stricken ducklings as they struggled against being thoroughly stuck on the tarmac in Ashill, Norfolk. After carefully plucking them from the scalding tarmac, they rushed the ducks in for care at an RSPCA center in East Winch for treatment.
RSPCA manager Alison Charles made this statement after they were brought in as to the duck's condition:
"All five ducklings were so poor when they came in we weren’t sure they were going to make it. They were absolutely covered in the thick, black muck and were very dehydrated."
Unfortunately, tar is sticky and tricky business. Yet, in this modern age, the oldest treatment is still the best. The ducklings were slathered in butter in order to loosen the tar that covered them from head to toe. After being cover in butter, the ducks were given a gentle washing in warm water to rise the tar off. While a seemingly odd combination, it truly works. The ducklings were so weak that their caretakers only washed off the worst of the tar before getting them fed and watered up so that they could grow stronger before having another butter treatment.
After a few more baths, RSPCA officials are happy to say that the ducklings are eating, drinking and chirping away in the East Winch facility's orphan room.
Animals getting stuck in tar may seem like an isolated incident, but it has been so hot in England this July that their roads are ill prepared for it. The RSPCA and other rescue organizations are now accepting donations of butter in order to help the dogs, cats and, of course, ducks that have already managed to get stuck in it.