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Wild ducks recovering from arctic cold

Several wild ducks are recovering at the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee, victims of the brutal winter weather. The Center has taken in more than 100 ducks for cold-related injuries and illnesses, 20 times the normal intake in winter. Nearly all of the ducks have been emaciated and weak upon arrival. 

During the course of rehabilitation, the ducks are given food and medicine, bathed to rid their feathers of oil and dirt, and allowed to exercise in swim tubs to regain their strength and ensure that their feathers are waterproof.  Once they have fully recovered, as long as it is warm enough to find open water, the ducks are released back into the wild. 

The care for these animals is totally dependent upon donations from the community. WHS receives no general goverment funding or government grants. To make a tax-deductible contribution for the care of these ducks, please click here and select "Wildlife" on the donation form. 

Read more - and see photos here:


  • Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • For immediate release
  • Media Contact: Angela Speed
  • 414.431.6104
  • aspeed@wihumane.org