Man Takes Care Of Sick Duck For A Week And Records Emotional Reunion With His Family

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Chad Emrick watches over a family of ducks that live outside his apartment building in Florida. They are like his ‘pets’ and he always makes sure they are taken care of.

Recently, he noticed that one of the ducks was unable to walk, so he did what he could to help: “I’ve always been an animal lover and always try to do my best to help out,” he told The Dodo.

Photo: Instagram / @ChadEmrick

Once he realized that the duck was sick, he placed them in a box and contacted a local wildlife rehab professional. Emrick was told that the duck was likely suffering from botulism poisoning, a foodborne disease that can prove fatal if left untreated.

A week later, the duckling was back to full health and ready to be reunited with his family.

When Emrick returned home he was overjoyed when he reunited the family: “It was all I could do to not melt right into the sidewalk, seeing the little guy waddle over to his siblings, when the last time I had seen him he couldn’t even stand up,” Emrick said.

Photo: Instagram / @ChadEmrick

“It feels amazing knowing I was able to make a difference,” he said. “Seeing all of the ducks’ reactions was all I could have hoped for.”

Emrick hopes that his efforts inspire others to help animals in need. Sometimes a little love and care can go a long way.

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Chris Winters is an avid writer who also loves to hunt ghosts when she’s not at her keyboard. Although she once saw someone walking towards her with a sheet over their head, she’s yet to confirm that they exist.