Love a duck! No flap as Rangers rescue icebound Noel
Published Thursday 13th December 2012
Noel the duck had a lucky escape today after the hapless fowl got stuck to the ice on the largest pond in Holywells Park in Ipswich.
His flapping mishap was reported to Park Rangers as darkness fell last night but a rescue could not be mounted until first light this morning.
Ipswich Borough Council Ranger Joe Underwood explained: "We could not go on to the ice in the dark as that would have been very dangerous but we went back early today and got a boat out to reach him. The ice was about three inches thick and the duck was stuck to it by its bottom. It took about an hour to get to him through the ice but we are glad we made it."
Apprentice Ranger Catherine Godbold said the Rangers had christened the duck, a male, Noel. She said: "Joe, Ed and I took Noel back to our stable block offices and kept him warm. He was a little dehydrated but none the worse for his adventure."
Temperatures plummeted this week and the Rangers are warning people to take special care around water - and ice on the ponds. Joe said: "We urge people to keep their dogs on a lead near any pond in these conditions and if their pets do get into trouble to contact us and not mount a rescue attempt themselves. The same applies if they see any animal or bird stuck. Ice on ponds can be very dangerous and we don't want a tragedy to happen."
Meanwhile, Noel's story is expected to be a hit on the worldwide web!