Ducks & botox

Ringwood lake

The storm water collection ponds of Maroondah are man made, and do not flush through easily, they also warm readily in hot weather as they are not very deep. Any food in excess of what ducks eat, becomes nutrient sediment and this along with warm water, provides suitable conditions for bacteria to proliferate. It is perfect for anerobic bacteria – ones that do not require oxygen. The most common of these is clostridium botulinim. Ducks ingest the bacteria from the bottom whilst foraging for worms and other natural food. The toxin produced by this bacteria, is a nerve toxin and it paralyses muscles first in the wings and feet and then in the ducks neck, where it cannot hold it’s head above water, and it drowns.

I guess you could call this drowning caused by botox neck!

Other negative effects

1.) Feeding ducks attracts rats, pests and predators that kill ducks and endanger humans.
2.) Rotting food pollutes the water and breeds deadly diseases and parasites…
• A single outbreak of Duck Virus Enteritis (caused by artificial feeding)
kills all of the ducks.
• Uneaten food quickly forms a deadly mold called Aspergillus;
fatal to ducks without early diagnosis and expensive treatment.
Avian Botulism (caused by artificial feeding)
kills entire waterfowl populations and hospitalizes people.
• Artificially fed ducks emit a parasite causing a condition
in humans called Swimmer’s Itch.
3.) Ducks defacate at the site of scattered food or bread, bacteria in feces creates much higher risks for illness or disease.
4.) Most waterfowl die-offs in the past 10 years have been attributed to artificial feeding.
5.) Food waste bobbing on the water’s edge is ugly.
6.) Ducks that are overfed create dangerous amounts of waste that harms fish and other animals living in ponds.7.) Some foods like corn may be OK as a snack for ducks, but fish can’t digest it and die. Seeds cause severe cramping pain in ducks