I just received this notice regarding a Pekin duck rescued by Valley Wildlife Care. I have 5 chickens and I know my girls would not take kindly to a web-footed interloper. Please help this sweet little duck in Southern California (I can send pictures upon request): I am a female Pekin duck. I am sure I am a female because I layed an egg at VWC. Last week I was wandering around Reseda Park (CA) after someone dumped me there because they no longer wanted me. I am a Pekin duck so I can not fly and parks are a death sentence for ducks of my kind. A nice park ranger picked me up after he noticed that I had swallowed a fishing hook and it was protruding from the side of my neck. Animal control came and got me. I am not a native wild bird so there were not many people willing to help me. VWC took me in regardless of my non native status. They performed surgery to remove the hook from my throat and neck and sutured me up. This duck can not be returned to her originating location. Pekin ducks are the most commonly dumped pet as people purchase them when they are small cute and fuzzy. They grow up and are generally no longer wanted so they are dumped at parks, lakes, and ponds. They can not fly as they were originally bred for food having big heavy breasts and tiny wings. Therefore, living at a park is only a matter of time before something happens. We took this duck in as we could not bear the thought of her being euthinized at the local shelter and, we knew we could help her medically. Now is the hard part. She needs a forever home where someone will love her and care for her for the rest of her duck life. She is very friendly, follows us around and is eager to please. She has layed an egg every other day for the past 4 days. If someone can help to provide a loving home for her, please contact us via e-mail. We have named her Chelsea. Thank you in advance for your help. Brenda Varvarigos, Executive Director Valley Wildlife Care, a 501 (c) (3) non profit, volunteer organization www.valleywildlifecare.org 6520 Platt Ave #203 West Hills, CA 91307 818-346-8247 Dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating California's orphaned and injured native wildlife.