IT seems the buck is being passed on Daffy the duck.
The popular resident of Warrnambool’s breakwater area has apparently badly injured one of his legs. Reports to The Standard said Daffy was only able to stand on one leg and is in need of attention.
However, a spokeswoman for the Warrnambool City Council said the duck was not its responsibility because it was a native animal.
But The Standard understands the once-domesticated duck is the responsibility of the relevant land manager — in this case, the council.
Stories last month revealed Daffy’s habit of going rowing with Warrnambool horse trainer Tammy Good each morning, and of being hand-raised by Warrnambool woman Erin Hurley.
Ms Good said she hadn’t seen Daffy since Sunday, when he appeared fine.
Lorraine O’Brien, from a Warrnambool wildlife shelter, said Daffy may have been hurt because he was so comfortable with humans.
“Part of the licence of a wildlife rescuer is that the animal must be able to go back into its natural environment,” she said.
“Once they’re back in the wild, if they’re comfortable with humans or other animals, that will be the death of them.
“It’s between it and the universe if it will survive. One of our trainers says if it goes out and replaces itself it’s done well.
“The people who looked after the ducks have done a wonderful job.”
Ms O’Brien said anyone who found an animal needing help should contact Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535.