Limping duck gets shoe support from cobbler

South Wales Argus: Lucky with Allison Morgan Lucky with Allison Morgan

IT’S LUCKY by name, lucky by nature for this young duckling.

When the month-old bird fractured her leg, owner Allison Morgan was told by vets her only option was to have Lucky put to sleep.

But Mrs Morgan, 44, refused to give up on the muscovy duck and set about finding a way to get Lucky back on her feet - with the help of a specially made shoe.

Although the break in Lucky’s leg healed, her foot was pointing in the wrong direction, making it very difficult for her to walk.

So Mrs Morgan, an orthopaedic nurse from Lliswerry, enlisted local cobbler Kelvin Reddicliffe at the Newport branch of Timpsons Ltd to fit Lucky with a “roman sandal” to keep her on the straight and narrow.

The sandal, which has been made in three sizes to support Lucky as she grows, protects her foot and takes the pressure off her webbed feet as she walks around the garden with fellow feathered friends Daisy and Kizzy.

Mrs Morgan took measurements of the duck's foot for the cobbler, who made the sandals out of rubber resin.

Mr Reddicliffe said he was only too happy to help despite never making shoes for an animal in 39 years as a cobbler.

He said: “I have total admiration for Mrs Morgan for not listening to the vet and sticking by what she believed in.”

Mrs Morgan, who has also been giving Lucky regular “physio” sessions, said: “When she’s out and about in the garden she’s not walking like a normal duck, but with the shoe that Kelvin has made she able to move much better.”

The only time Lucky has to go barefoot is when she goes for a swim because the light rubber sandal causes her leg to float.

A new vet has now been found who is willing to operate on Lucky’s leg, with pins set to be inserted into her thigh as soon as she is feeling well enough.

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7:36pm Tue 11 Aug 09

jilted john says...

its not a muscovy duck they have a red face is iether a Pekin duck or an Aylesbury duck .
good job keeping it alive though .
its not a muscovy duck they have a red face is iether a Pekin duck or an Aylesbury duck . good job keeping it alive though . jilted john

9:47am Wed 12 Aug 09

Ceri says...

It's so refreshing to read about peoples kindness towards their animals. How fortunate is Lucky to have such a wonderful owner... Well done Allison :o) It's a pity there weren't more people like you around.

I agree with you John I don't think its a Muscovy duck.

Even though Aylesbury's tend to have a more pale pinky/yellow bill in their natural habitat, if they are bred on a larger scale, their bills do tend to be more orange. Yet again I could be wrong on all accounts... ;o)... but hey... what do I know... tee hee
It's so refreshing to read about peoples kindness towards their animals. How fortunate is Lucky to have such a wonderful owner... Well done Allison :o) It's a pity there weren't more people like you around. I agree with you John I don't think its a Muscovy duck. Even though Aylesbury's tend to have a more pale pinky/yellow bill in their natural habitat, if they are bred on a larger scale, their bills do tend to be more orange. Yet again I could be wrong on all accounts... ;o)... but hey... what do I know... tee hee Ceri

12:04pm Wed 12 Aug 09

jilted john says...

well im going for a defo pekin duck lol
argus go back to the house and find out .
nice to see you posting ceri
well im going for a defo pekin duck lol argus go back to the house and find out . nice to see you posting ceri jilted john

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