Crippled duckling has home

Chelsea Powrie

Hercules the duckling was born just a few days ago, but staff at Critteraid Animal Sanctuary have already noticed he can't walk properly and is struggling to keep up with his family. 

"His legs are a little bit bowed, but we have a lot of help. Our vet is convinced he's going to have a good life, we just have to let him be with his mom," said animal director at the farm Jess Byer. 

Hercules is one of 12 ducklings, but he can't quite get his legs to work right. In the wild, he might not survive, but Critteraid is providing a home for him.

His mother has been very attentive, Byer said, making sure to wait while Hercules catches up with the rest of the brood on their daily walks around the farm to find water to splash in and food to eat. 

Volunteers at the shelter have become his cheerleaders, filming his efforts to keep up with his siblings.

"You got this, get in there and get yourself a worm!" cheers Don Ludington in one video, as Hercules struggles to make his way to a puddle where his family is waiting. "Come on buddy!"

The sanctuary hopes Hercules will keep building up the muscles he will need to live a normal life. 

Any donations to Critteraid, a registered charity, would help Hercules to succeed. 

"The biggest thing is making sure we have the financial support to make sure that we have the best vet care for him," Byer said. 

For more information on Critteraid and how too donate, click here

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