Mallard 'Daphne' decided she liked the look of the garden at Hull and gave birth to her ducklings in the patient garden. Not the most likely place to set up home in a 100 square foot quad with no way out!
Staff contacted the RSPB and were advised what to fed them and how to care for them to ensure survival. In 5-6 weeks they may be old enough to fly out above the one storey walls, otherwise staff have decided they will walk the duck and her young to a pond.
Staff at the hospital now take turns to come in over the weekend to check on the ducks and ensure they have sufficient foo and water. Michelle Chance, administrator at Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital has named the seven ducklings Spotty, Stripe, Huey, Louie, sunny, Chubbs and Smudge and says, "everyone who comes into the hospital says how lovely they are and it has boosted morale".
It's not just staff who have fallen in love with the feathered friends. Patient Pam Broadley has been in hospital following a knee replacement and has been keen to watch from the window of her room. Pam says "I'm very much into family and when you see a family of ducks, or people it's lovely. There are too many bad things in the world today and something as simple as this can lift you."