Gloucestershire Builders Receive PETA Award For Rescuing Ducklings

For Immediate Release:
12 May 2009

Sam Glover 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]

Bourton-on-the Water, Gloucestershire – For rescuing six tiny ducklings who fell into a drain and reuniting them with their mother, builders Mike Weatherley and Mike Williams will receive a Hero to Animals Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Europe.

The ducklings were apparently making their way to a river when a car startled them. The tiny birds then tumbled down a drain on a busy Bourton-on-the-Water high street. After hearing what had happened from a woman who had witnessed the mishap, Weatherley and Williams rushed to the drain that the ducklings had fallen into.

Using their builder’s tools, they removed the drain cover and retrieved four somewhat dazed ducklings. They had a hunch that the other two had swum to another pipe down the road. Indeed, when they removed the cover on the second drain, they spotted the two missing birds. All six ducklings were reunited with their mother.

“Thanks to the two Mikes’ quick thinking and smart decisions, what could have been a tragedy for this duck family turned into a happy ending”, says PETA Europe Director Robbie LeBlanc. “We hope that their compassionate action will inspire others to intervene whenever they see animals in distress.”

Weatherley and Williams will receive a framed certificate and a letter of appreciation from PETA.

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