Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Lifestyles

March 19, 2013

Rescue officials: Ducklings make foul Easter gifts

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When she got a home in San Fernando Valley 27 years ago, she got a few ducks and people gave her the occasional bird before she decided to open a shelter. She gained charity status in 2008.

Then "the tsunami of ducks started coming my way. And I mean wave after wave of them," she said. "I would have 10 million ducks here if I took all the ducks."

She places ducks only if adopters will take a group. She doesn't want one duck dying of grief because it lost its flock, she said.

Cities such as Los Angeles could help prevent parents from giving ducks as temporary pets by barring the sale of lone ducklings, she said.

Most major national pet store chains have stopped selling chicks, bunnies or ducklings — all popular Easter gifts — so almost all sales are made online, at feed stores or independent pet stores.

Parents who have children who want a duck for Easter should visit a pet store or zoo instead, she said. That'll be less messy and a lot less work, Chrysong said as she recalled her experiences.

"The duck lady is starting to show serious signs of wear," she said.

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