Howard is a domestic Muscovy duck and is one of newest resident Animal Ambassadors at Wildlife Images. Howard has the beautiful iridescent green-black coloring but you may also notice his wings look a little funny as they stick out from his body. He has “angle wing” which is a syndrome that happens when an bird has a nutritionally incomplete diet. One of the ways this happens is when we as humans feed ducks and geese bread. It’s a classic family activity that many of us have participated in but bringing a loaf of bread to the duck pond can be detrimental.
Ducks LOVE bread – it’s basically their junk food! Bread and similar products like cereal, crackers, and popcorn have almost no nutritional value. Ducks and geese will gladly eat so much bread that they will not eat anything else – like the food they should be eating in the wild! Howard’s angel wings mean he won’t ever fly and because of this he ended up at Wildlife Images. While he is not a wild animal, he was welcomed with open arms and wings 😉 because he makes an excellent Animal Ambassador! Angel wing impacts domestic and wild ducks, geese, and other aquatic birds. Which allows us to teach folks who visit Wildlife Images about the myth that bread is a good thing to bring to the duck pond.
Typically, our wild friends are perfectly capable of finding plenty of food so you can just go to the duck pond to watch them. But, if you can’t help yourself opt for something that will help our wild friends…
- Cracked corn, Barley, Oats and other grains
- Frozen peas & corn (defrosted, but uncooked)
- Grapes (cut in half)
We are still getting to know Howard so for the time being he is hanging out with the folks in rehab. Look for him on your next visit to Wildlife Images.