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Abandoned Wrexham lake ducklings rescued by RSPCA

Ducklings on lake
Image caption The ducklings were fending for themselves after their mother was last seen on Sunday by a member of the public who had been following the family's progress

A family of ducklings have been rescued from a lake by the RSPCA after they were abandoned by their mother.

The 11 three-week-old mallard ducklings appeared to be without any adult ducks at Stryt Las Country Park in Johnstown, Wrexham.

A member of the public who had been following their progress noticed on Sunday that the mother had left.

The ducklings are at Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Cheshire until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

The RSPCA said it was uncertain what had happened to the mother but it was likely she would have returned to her ducklings if she could.

The ducklings were caught by RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas working with a Wrexham council park ranger and his work experience student.

Inspector Thomas said: "Ducklings are not fed by their mothers but do need protection from predators and so we did have to step in here."

The animal charity has appealed for anyone with information about the mother duck to be in contact.

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