Many visitors to the Lakeside Estate at Pakenham enjoy feeding the ducks and swans that live on the large man-made lake at the centre of the development. This can be a fun activity for both the birdlife and visitors alike and, it seems, the ducks and swans have come to expect plenty of hand-delivered snacks throughout the day!
However, much of the food that is tossed to the birds is not suitable for their long-tern health and we continue to see sick ducks and swans which are brought into the clinic by concerned residents and council workers. Often, when they are at this stage, it is too late. Our vets recently tried to save the life of one of the lake’s beautiful black swans but unfortunately the bird had to be put down (see article below)
As part of our commitment to protecting the quality of life of all the community’s animals, The Animal Doctors @ Pakenham offers free duck food to people who would like to feed the ducks and swans at Lakeside. Just ask at the clinic, we will supply you with a cup of food that is healthy and nutritious so that when you feed our beautiful birdlife at the lake, you know that you are doing the right thing. Please leave the bread and kitchen scraps at home…the ducks and swans will appreciate it!