An unusual visitor “flue” in to RSPCA Stapeley Grange in the form of a young Goosander. The saw-billed duck somehow became stuck in a chimney in Manchester, from where she was rescued and taken into the care of the RSPCA.
The duck was admitted to Stapeley Grange with broken feathers, and was said to be underweight, but otherwise in good health. It is not known how the bird became lodged in the chimney, as Goosanders are not an everyday sight in Manchester – it is only the seventh Goosander to be admitted to Stapelely Grange in the past 21 years. Stapeley Grange manager Lee Stewart said that the Goosander was making a good recovery and had been placed on an outdoor pool, and would be released back into the wild as soon as she was strong enough.