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Ducks thought to be related arrive at Fife sanctuary

Call ducks
The lost call ducks who have turned up separately seem to be related

The Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of a family of ducks which have turned up separately in Cowdenbeath in the past few days.

The first of the Call ducks was found on New Year's Day on the doorstep of a house in the Fife town.

Two further females arrived at a rescue centre last week, a fourth was found outside a pub, and a fifth arrived on Monday.

Rescuers believe they are related because they seemed to know each other.

'Arriving steadily'

Colin Seddon, manger of the Scottish SPCA Wildlife Rescue Centre at Middlebank in Fife, said: "When we introduced the second female duck to the enclosure the first duck ran over to greet her, so it was quite obvious that they knew each other.

"They've been arriving steadily over the past few days and they've all happily settled in together, walking around and resting as a group."

Call ducks come in a range of colours and the three females who have turned up are all a distinct apricot colour, which makes the Scottish SPCA think they could be from the same family.

The Call ducks - who get their name because of their vocal nature - have been well looked after.

Mr Seddon added: "They are in good condition which leads us to believe that they may have escaped from their enclosure rather than being unwanted or abandoned.

"If anyone recognises the ducks we're urging them to get in touch."

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