Perth hospital team help rehome stranded ducklings

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CONSTRUCTION workers have helped give stranded ducklings a new home after they had taken up residence in a Perth hospital.

Initially spotted by the cash office team at Murray Royal Hospital, colleagues stepped in to transform an outdoor courtyard into a ‘duck-friendly’ sanctuary.

The £75 million Murray Royal Hospital, part of NHS Tayside, was opened in 2012 after being delivered by Robertson Group and Morgan Sindall. Robertson’s Facilities Management division continues to manage the building.

Paul Gordon, who works for Robertson Facilities Management, brought in a dog cage filled with straw for the brood to safely nest in. Other items included a paddling pool donated by Krystal Comer-Smith from Morgan Sindall Construction to help the ducklings develop swimming skills.

Paul Gordon said, “With everything that’s going in the world, the ducklings have brought a ray of light to the hospital and it’s been a great team effort to help keep them safe and comfortable. We’re looking forward to their safe return to the wild, but for now we’re enjoying watching them discover their new sanctuary as they grow up.”

It is suspected the ducks had been forced into the hospital grounds from a nearby pond due to an aggressive swan. Having consulted the SSPCA, the hospital team is being supported by professionals to help ensure the ducks are safely released back into the wild once they’re grown.

SSPCA chief superintended Mike Flynn commented, “The willingness of the hospital staff to care for this family of ducks is yet another example of how amazing our NHS workers are.”