Photos: St. Louis Family of Eight Ducks Looking for Help on Craigslist
When they moved back to the St. Louis area three years ago, they took the eight ducks with them.
But it's time-consuming caring for them -- and that's why they are seeking some help via Craigslist. Dan says because they care so much about these ducks and it can be difficult work, they do have pretty high standards for candidates.
"Somebody shows up at 8 a.m., lets the ducks out, cleans up their nighttime enclosure," he says. "And [the ducks] do look for some kind of human interaction...[someone who can] walk them into different parts of the yard, make sure they feel safe."
Since Olivia is crippled, she needs extra care when she is put in the pond and then dried off afterward, for example.
"The work is keeping them safe...and healthy," he says.
He emphasizes that they don't want to take on any more abandoned ducks, but just want to care for the ones they are responsible for now.
"We didn't really plan on this," he says. "We just didn't want to see them die and that's how we ended up with them."
Dan says he would like to see more awareness around the issue of "duck abandonment."
"It's a big problem," he says. "There are domestic ducks in St. Louis -- and if [they're abandoned]...and it's too cold of a winter, they are going to die out there."
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